The Knysna Wine Festival and The Wade Bales Wine Society have a really special history. When it was launched 10 years ago it was called the Wade Bales Wine Festival! The Knysna Oyster Festival, and the sports events that converge on the village over the winter holidays, created the perfect opportunity for visitors and locals to sample exciting wines, and it’s grown from strength to strength since then. This year, The Knysna Wine Festival 2015 will see over 50 wine producers present. So, between slurping back oysters and pushing yourself to beat your racing best, set aside some time to sniff out these wines – Wine23’s pick of the Festival!

Bramon Methode Cap Classique Sauvignon Blanc Brut 2012
Bramon Wine Estate is right on the doorstep of Knysna, in The Craggs, and it’s definitely worth a detour to check out this very interesting estate. It’s known for its bubbly and thanks to Anton Smal (of Villiera fame) is up to some interesting things… This wine features a very unusual cultivar for a Cap Classique – pair it with oysters and you’re onto something really good.

Steenberg Merlot 2011 
This Merlot may not Steenberg’s signature wine, but as a property this estate seems to be able to produce one of the highest rated single Merlots in the country.  Youthful winemaker JD Pretorius definitely knows what he’s doing! This is one for the cellar. Store it from now to 2018 to reap its full potential.

Sijnn Flagship Red Blend 2010
When winemaker David Trafford visited the Malgas areas, he saw something in the soils of the area that he knew would make for interesting wines. Fifteen years on this pioneering estate on the Breede River has started to do some great things. This red blend is a great example of a site specific wine from this trailblazing estate.

Using the Wine23 app you’ll be able to access an A-Z guide of all the producers present.

Dates and times: 6th & 7th July 2015 17H30-20H30
Venue: At the Nedbank Pavilion, Waterfront Drive .
Tickets: Tickets online and also directly from Knysna/Sedgefield Tourism and Sublime Clothing at Thesen Island.
Costs: R120 per person and includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

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