We attended the 2nd annual Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival this weekend and what fun! A true celebration of the emerging Plett Winelands and of the good life that a holiday in Plettenberg Bay offers for everyone.
The festival was held on Plett’s Central Beach this year, with incredible views of the bay, adding to the feeling of sipping bubbly in a world class location. Not convinced that you need to diarise a Plettenberg Bay holiday in October 2016, here are 5 more reasons:
- The Wine & Bubbly
Plett as a recognised Wine of Origin region is best known for white wines and rose – with award winning MCC bubbly and sauvignon blanc. There are some 16 producing vineyards of which 10 estates presented their produce at the festival – culminating in about 30 different wines and bubblies for tasting, including rose and now pinot noir. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and flavours – no wonder they keep winning awards! Most recently, Bramon Wine Estate won a double gold at the Michelangelo International Awards and Plettenvale Wine’s MCC Rose won best in South Africa at Rose Rocks.
2. The Music
Entertainment might not be the first thing that you pair with fine wines and bubbly but the wide range of musician performing made the event truly memorable and festive! Artists included blues singer, Gerald Clark, South African favourite, Wendy Oldfield, folk singer, Josie Field and rocker Arno Carstens, who really got the festival rocking on the final evening. There is something so Plett about sitting next to the ocean, with a bottle of good wine and great music in the air!
3. The Food
The food at this year’s festival was simply delicious – the restaurant at Bramon Wine Estate served tapas style dishes and sandwiches, The Fat Fish served their famous sushi, Beacon Island’s Island Diner served a variety of mouthwatering options, SeaFood at the Plettenberg served up a scrumptious seafood bunny chow (amongst other firm favourites) and the new Arugula Bistro impressed with their tasty treats. There was something for everyone and choosing where to buy your next snack was difficult!
4. The People
This really should be reason number one! We met people from all over South Africa – Johannesburg, George and Cape Town, Jeffrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth and Plett – all dressed in the blue & white theme of the festival and all sipping their way through the day. The best dressed competition was a huge hit (you’ll have to wait for the video to see why:) ) and everyone was there to laugh, savour and enjoy a day at the beach with the Plett Winelands.
5. Location, location, location
Because is there a better place than Plett for a wine festival about a region whose grapes are grown along the coastal slopes amidst a cool ocean breeze? Yes, there was a bit of wind on Saturday, but the tent completely sheltered us from the wind and we still got to enjoy those iconic Plett views!
Congratulations to Plett Tourism and the Plett Winelands for putting on such a memorable event!
See more photos from the Sasfin Plett wine & Bubbly Festival here: Plett Tourism
All photos: Plett Tourism
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