The Mercury Wine Week (24-26 August)
Southern Africa’s greatest wine estates return to Durban, KZN, when the Mercury Wine Week opens its doors for the 38th consecutive year.
From August 24 – 26 traders, connoisseurs and wine lovers are given the chance to meet with the men and women who create our finest blends, sampling hundreds of reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines.
Held at the Greyville Racecourse for the first time, the Mercury Wine Week takes the spirit of tasting a step further with the Wine Tasting Theatre offering visitors the added benefit of meeting their favorite estates in a private setting of 30 persons only.
This year we also introduce a special Trade Preview on the Wednesday evening inviting the people from the trade to join our winemakers and estate representatives to sampling the best of their wares in a relaxed and intimate setting. To reserve for the Trade Preview.
In the spirit of 38 years celebrating Southern Africa’s finest wines, we invite you to connect at the Mercury Wine Week!
About the Mercury Wine Week
The Mercury Wine Week offers the ideal opportunity to search for new wines for sundowners, those hidden gems with which to impress friends and others just calling out for an old-fashioned South African braai after the rugby.
Since 1979 it has provided Durban and KwaZulu-Natal with the platform to host the country’s leading wine producers, estates and players while thrilling and challenging everyone to the nuances of new releases, old favourites and different talking points.
It brings together delicatessen food, wine exhibitors and hundreds of wines under the African skies from farms boasting histories spanning centuries to undiscovered boutiques wineries seeking a toe-hold to unexplored markets.
In the 20 years since South Africa embraced democracy, the industry has exploded in participants and styles while international contact has been the cornerstone for questions and innovation – elements at the forefront of The Mercury Wine Week experience.
The fun has a serious side too as a key fund-raising event for The Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. That project has hosted thousands of underprivileged, often orphaned, children to the pleasures of a seaside holiday – frolics in the waves, sand-castle building and a life enriched by the joys of unwinding merely because members of the public enjoyed an evening of wine-tasting.
[Source: Mercury Wine Week: http://www.mercurywineweek.co.za/]
Wine is poetry in a bottle. To take wine into your mouth is to savour a droplet of the river of human history.” – Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999), American intellectual, author, editor and radio and television personality.