The most important dates on the Durban winelover’s calendar are just three weeks away, when the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show returns to the Golden Mile from 9 to 11 May, bringing a thirst-quenching three-day ensemble of wine-centred activities to The Globe at SUNCOAST.

Built around a fresh and flirty burlesque theme, the show comprises a tannic troupe of full-bodied features with earthy undertones of fun. Proudly showcasing a perfectly paired menu of attractions and exhibitors, there’s something to whet the appetite of every level of wine fan: From seasoned wine theatres offering interactive presentations on wine in all its glory, to the ever-exciting South African Wine Tasting Championships (the ‘Search for a Supertaster’ in which anyone can contend) as well as the esteemed Wine Label Design Awards presented by Rotolabel. There are also opportunities to mingle with wine fundis, who may just share some of their valuable oenophile-knowledge. What’s more is you’ll be able to relish in all this activity whilst sipping on the country’s ‘best-in-vino’…

A highlight of the show, the #SAwineShowcase theatre experience, will feature entertaining and informative sessions by the one and only Jon Meinking, bringing you up to speed on the “(A)roma, (B)rut and (C)haptalization’s” of the wine world. Learning how to make educated wine decisions, and the importance of the wine glass to the drinking experience, are just some of the potential takeaways from this refined educational experience.

Organisers will round off the experience with a “Sip & Ship” service that allows visitors to immediately purchase wine they’ve tasted, at cellar door prices, with free and reliable delivery straight to your door.

This year, the Durban leg of the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show will take place within a brand-new dome-like structure at Suncoast, aptly named ‘The Globe’. This massive, experiential venue arrived at the Tsogo Sun property near the end of last year, offering a dynamic indoor space, ideally suited to the size and scale of the wine extravaganza.

The ‘Winederland’ Tour is South Africa’s largest travelling wine show, and is proudly supported by TOPS at SPAR. It kicks off in Durban from 9 to 11 May, followed by Johannesburg from 6 to 8 June, Cape Town from 11 to 13 July, Port Elizabeth from 25 to 27 July, Pretoria (which is making a welcome return to the tour schedule) from 3 to 5 October, East London (the latest addition to the tour) from 7 to 9 November, and ending off in Nelspruit from 28 to 30 November.

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