As the first shoots of summer start showing, Wines of Elgin will be hosting their inaugural Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium over the weekend of Friday, 7th October and Saturday 8th October 2016 due to the huge success of our first #ElginCY tasting held back in September 2015 for invited guests of the WOSA Cape Wine 2015 event, and which has since been repeatedly requested by trade and consumers.
Local and international guests are invited to join Almenkerk, Boschendal, Charles Fox MCC, Corder, Elgin Vintners, Highlands Rd, Iona, Lothian, Mathew van Heerden, Neil Ellis, Oak Valley, Oneiric, Paul Cluver Wines, Richard Kershaw Wines, South Hill and Sutherland as they showcase their Wine of Origin Elgin Chardonnay’s with a selection of the best from around the world.
The two day programme is as follows:
- A seminar and tutored tasting featuring top quality international and Elgin Chardonnays on Friday, 7th October, hosted by Jamie Goode, a London-based wine writer, lecturer and respected wine judge. This will be followed by a gala dinner. Friday’s activities will be hosted at Rockhaven, a beautiful venue nestled amidst vineyards, apple orchards, olive groves and lavender in the Elgin Valley.
- On the Saturday, 8th October, participants will be able to choose from one of three morning and from one of the four lunch events jointly co- hosted by participating producers bringing an exciting finale to the event.
Says coordinator Andrew Gunn: “Elgin is one of the greatest wine growing regions in the world, with the ability to perfectly ripen any grape variety due to a diversity of sites and its long, cool growing season. Chardonnay, specifically, is recognised as performing best in a cool climate and Elgin has demonstrated this. Our sixteen chardonnay producers have joined forces to host what promises to be an exciting inaugural event which will give a rare insight into the beautiful world of this noble grape.”
With its high altitude, proximity to the ocean, specific cloud cover and diurnal temperatures, Chardonnay excels in Elgin’s long cool ripening conditions.
The full program and listing of wines being tasted can be found at chardonnay.winesofelgin.co.za or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow #ElginCY on Twitter for updates.
Tickets are limited so please book early if you would like to attend.
We look forward to welcoming you to Elgin!