Big Bottle Food and Wine Festival

It doesn't get bigger than this: big brands, culinary giants and monstrous magnum wines!


Back for its third year, the Big Bottle Festival promises to be better and bigger than before. Top-notch vintages and rare, large format bottles are being dug out of the depths of cellars, and some of Mzansi’s most respected chefs are engineering innovative culinary creations for this three-day food and wine affair at the five-star Cellars-Hohenort hotel in Constantia from Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 August 2013.

What to expect at the 2013 Big Bottle Food and Wine Festival

The South African version of this almost decade-old festival in Germany is aimed at those with a grape passion for vino and is a must-attend for serious wine fanatics. The festival features tailored events for budding vintners and gastronomes and a less formal wine walk-about offers lovers of vino to sip on exclusive wines and bubblies.

  • Champagne Tasting: Hendrik Snyman, one of SA’s most knowledgeable – and according to some, most entertaining – Champagne importers and Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producers, will present a comparative tasting of some of the world’s finest bubbles. The sampling session treats visitors to an in-depth look at the luxurious big names in the Cuvée business, like Dom Perignon, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Roederer Cristal, Jacques Selosse Extra Brut Grand Cru Millesim and Egly-Ouriet Pere et Fils Grand Cru; not to mention, guests can sip bubbles from boutique producers. Snyman is set to discuss the various characteristics and taste profiles of the Champagnes and compare the different styles that distinguish the assorted houses. Many of the wines served at this event are not widely available and are often extremely hard to find in South Africa.
  • Gourmand Dinner: Executive Chef at The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Peter Tempelhoff puts together a five-star, five-course dinner paired to precision with mature fine wines from Burgundy to Mosel, Bordeaux to Napa Valley and Rioja to South Africa at this fine dining event. Get ready to sip and swirl iconic vinos from age-old estates from around the world: think 1983 Chateau Gruaud Larose from Bordeaux France, 1994 Quinta de Bágeiras from Portugal as well as very rare magnums, imperials and methuselahs.
  • Walk-about Tasting: Due to last year’s popularity, the walk-about event has been extended from one day to two! From 3:30pm to 8pm on Saturday and from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday patrons can swirl wines from more than 40 South African wineries. Not to mention, canapés and small dishes from some of SA’s foodie greats will be on offer. Visitors can look forward to tasting plates by Peter Templehoff from The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort, Rudi Liebenberg from Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson, Roland Gorgosilich from Bosman’s at The Grande Roche Hotel, Harald Bresselschmidt from Aubergine Restaurant, Edgar Osojnik from Buitenverwachting Restaurant, Gregory Czarnecki from Waterkloof Restaurant and Brad Ball from Bistro Sixteen82.

Tickets for the 2013 Big Bottle Food and Wine Festival

Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za, and prices vary according to the event:

Champagne Tasting

Friday, 23 August: 5:30pm

R2300p/p

Gourmand Dinner

Friday, 23 August: 8pm

R1980p/p

Walk-about Tasting

Saturday, 24 August: 3:30pm – 8pm

Sunday, 25 August: 1pm – 6pm

R400p/p

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