Getting to all 800 wine farms in Cape Town is super difficult. Not only does it require lots of travel but also takes quite a bit of time. Luckily Tuning the Vine is an inner city wine route that allows Capetonians to taste some of the best wines that Cape Town has to offer, all within walking distance.
It’s happening on Wednesday 9 May and 13 June from 5.30pm to 8.30pm mainly in Bree Street. It will close for the winter months but will re-open again in October. In just three hours, you can experience so many different wines across 13 inner city venues. You are walking off the calories, so it’s “guilt free” tasting!
Keen to try it?
Here are my top 10 tips:
1. Buy your tickets online
via Quicket (R200) – BUT, if you are quick on the button, get the early bird tickets for the next event, it will save you 50 bucks. Alternatively, just buy on the day, it is R220 though at the venue.
2. Get your glass, wrist band and map
Get your starting kit at 91 Loop or The Station on Bree, where you will also be able to collect your wristband, wineglass and map. I prefer starting at The Station on Bree because it mostly feels like you are walking downhill from there (and not uphill = less effort in my mind.)
You will be able to do 13, 12, 11, 10, 9 and 8 all within the space of less than an hour. If you can get through all 13 stops, I salute you!
3. Arrive on time
Get your money’s worth. Arrive slightly earlier at 17h15, you will thank me later. But if you are running late, do not fret. Ticket sales are open on the day until 19h00.
4. Move in packs
Tuning the Vine gets quite festive and it is therefore way more suited to larger groups of friends. If you are alone or just a couple keen to try wine, don’t expect a snobby and elite wine tasting experience. This is all about tasting wine you have never tasted before and experiencing it with other people – no rules attached! So get mingling!
5. Keep track!
Take photos of the bottles of wine you taste to keep track of wines you enjoyed on the night for when you want to shop or head out to one of the farms. You will also need to keep a close eye on the map to decide which venue is next.
6. Be curious.
Each person pouring wine is passionate about it, so ask questions and fall in love with new wines.
7. Be social
Check out Instagram and Twitter for any updates and specials using #InnerCityWineRoute. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to total strangers. Everyone is in a “happy hour” mood so take full advantage and make new friends!
8. Stay for supper
Yes, I know, wine is liquid food but after all that walking, tasting and socialising, you will get hungry. Make sure you book supper. I really enjoyed going to either HQ, Active Sushi or the Silo hotel.
9. Get an Uber
Because parking is difficult (literally jam packed) and who wants to drink and drive anyway!
10. Get clued up on all the info
All information and a map for each month is available on Tuningthevine.co.za and on Facebook.com/TuningtheVine. Chat to them on Instagram and Twitter using #InnerCityWineRoute.
See you there!