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Karoo Wine Club doing great things for Graaff-Reinet this weekend

MAY 25, 2016
Karoo Wine Club doing great things for Graaff-Reinet this weekend

The 3rd annual Stoep Tasting weekend is attracting attention from all over the Eastern Cape and is fast becoming the biggest wine event in the Karoo, drawing hundreds of people to the town of Graaff-Reinet.  The event, started in 2014 by the Karoo Wine Club, has in 3 short years, grown incredibly. 

Local businesses stand to benefit a great deal, already the guesthouses are filling up steadily and bookings are still coming through. This is a great business boon during the traditionally quiet month of May for the town.

So popular is this unique event becoming, that wine estates who could not participate this year have already committed to being here in 2017.

Many of the people coming up for the event are coming on the recommendation of friends who attended last year’s Stoep Tasting. 

The establishments who are participating this year are Cold Stream Restaurant, The Graaff-Reinet Club, Karoo Trade, GRT Brewery, Drostdy Hotel, Camdeboo Cottages,  Polka Café, Leopards Valley Guest house, AaQtansisi, Cape Colonial Café, Kambro Cottages, Thyme and Again, Villa Reinet, Middle Street Manor and Karoo Park.

The participating Wine farms and breweries are of the finest in South Africa: Rustenberg Wines, Antonij Rupert Wines, Paul Wallace Wines, Highlands Road Wines, Fledge & Co, Boplaas, Leopards Leap, La Motte, Cederberg Wine and Cederberg Brewery, Cape Rock Wines, Loxton Larger, Martin Meinert Wines, Peter Bayly Wines, GRT Brewery, Natte Valleij Wines and Karoo Brewery.

To ensure that tipplers do not go hungry along the way,  Taste of the Karoo will be selling some Karoo produce like droëwors and biltong, Veld to Fork’s chef Gordon Wright will have Karoo street food for sale on the Saturday as will the Wise Woman’s artisanal bakery be there with some home baked Karoo-food.

A number of local restaurants will be having Stoep tasting specials over the weekend and there is an “after party” at the GRT club on Friday evening.

Ticket sales are already more than double last year’s. With a limited allocation of tickets available, organiser, Rose Wright suggested to the Advertiser that if you are thinking of participating in the Stoep Tasting event this year, book your tickets quickly as you might be too late.

The Karoo Wine Club is also encouraging tipplers to use #stoeptasting when posting any pictures or comments on social media this week end.

[email protected] to book tickets.  Tickets are R150per person and booking is essential.