WineX 2011 was a hot ticket in the city centre last week. Held over Thursday and Friday evenings rather than at the weekend, it proved a popular stop-off for commuters and offered over 150 different wines to taste all packed into one venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
On arrival ticket holders were given a wine glass, a buyer’s booklet and a note book to jot down thoughts, on the off-chance that the experience might start to get a little blurred. We were then left to our own devices and with a room filled with some of the Cape Winelands finest wines, it became easy to get lost in the reds, whites and roses. But I agreed with Robert Els, manager of Beachside in Camps Bay, who was impressed by the venue and said, “It was well spread out, easy to move around and I didn’t wait long to be served. It was also very clean.”
The floor plan was user friendly with wineries grouped alphabetically. With crackers at each tasting point to cleanse the palette and plenty of water on hand to remind patrons to keep sober, we could indulge in tasting some of the best wines.
From experts to amateur tasters, the WineX is a hub of knowledge for everyone. As UCT student Chelsea Wallace said, “I had lots of fun and all the stalls had people who knew what they were talking about. For someone like myself, who doesn’t really know anything about fine wines, I learned a lot.”
First time guest to WineX, Leigh-Anne Pretorius had this to add, “WineX has a great vibe and is a great event to meet friends after work for a drink. “
With a café-styled dining area serving light meals, live music entertaining the crowds and an electric atmosphere this well-organised event has made its mark on the Cape Town calendar.
WineX ran at the Cape Town International Convention Centre 8 & 9 September 2011.