What’s new at #ElginCoolFest 2018?

by on 16.04.2018

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The Destinate team is proudly working on the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival, happening on 28 and 29 April.

If you’re a regular, you might be wondering if we’ve added any new experiences to look forward to this year.

The answer is: YES!

We have two exciting changes to the regular programme:

Golden tickets

In previous years, the festival only had one ticket category that mostly allowed guests to enjoy FREE tastings at each of the venues.

This year, however, we’ve decided to add a few exclusive experiences those with Golden Tickets can enjoy. While they are all offered FREE of charge, space is limited, so booking is absolutely essential!


This is what you can expect at each of the farms when wearing a golden #ElginCoolFest arm band:

Join the winemaker Joris van Almenkerk at 11h00 for a Masterclass vertical tasting of their award-winning Chardonnays 2010-2017 (7 vintages).
Book: Email ruth@almenkerk.co.za  with your golden ticket number.

Elgin Ridge
Walking farm tour on this amazing Biodynamic farm, explaining Biodynamic preparations and how they are used at Elgin Ridge.
Guests finish with a tasting of previous vintages, as well as the award-winning Chaos White.
Places are limited to 6 people per session: Morning session at 11h00, and afternoon session at 14h00.
Book: Call Marion on (0)21 846 8060 / (0)79 433 9400 OR send an email to marion@elginridge.com

Elgin Vintners
1.5 litre magnum, 3 litre double magnum and 5 litre jeroboams for tasting, they will also be for sale.
Book: Call (0)21 848 9587 / (0)83 324 9187 / (0)73 388 8695 OR email guesthouse@elginvintners.co.za  / info@elginvintners.co.za 


Highlands Road Estate
Vertical tasting of 3 vintages of Sine Cera – the award winning White Bordeaux blend.
Book: Call (0)71 271 0161 OR email vanessa@highlandsroadestate.co.za / tasting@highlandsroadestate.co.za

A selection of Sauvignon Blanc vertical tasting, going back 10 years.
Book: Call (0)28 284 9678 / (0)82 604 2460 OR orders@iona.co.za

Lothian Vineyards
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay tasting.
Book: Call (0)21 859 9901 / (0)72 679 4343 OR email talita@lothianvineyards.com / ewen@lothianvineyards.com

Oak Valley
An exclusive tasting of the premium Groenlandberg range: Wild fermented Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced only from found high up the Groenlandberg Mountain.
Book: Call (0)21 859 4110 / +27 (0)21 859 4111 (The Pool Room) OR mail stef@oak-valley.co.za

Paul Cluver
Tasting of the Estate Chardonnay, Estate Pinot Noir and newly released Noble Late Harvest (the first release of noble in three years).
Book: Call (0)21 844 0605 OR email sharon@cluver.com

Paul Wallace
Vertical tasting of three vintages of Pinot Noir, including the Brave Heart 2015 Pinot Noir, Winner of the 2017 Old Mutual Trophy for the top Pinot Noir. Also, be one of the first to sample the 2017 Reflection Chardonnay of which only 5 barrels were vinified.
Book: Call (0)21 848 9744 / (0)83 255 1884 OR email nicky@paulwallacewines.co.za / wallovale@mweb.co.za

South Hill Vineyard
Taste 5 South Hill wines: 3 current vintages 2 older vintages. Pairing with 3 homemade South Hill Patés.
Book: Call (0)21 844 0888 or email restaurant@southhill.co.za
Please visit the #ElginCoolFest website for more details about each of the farm’s festival offerings - https://ecwcf.winesofelgin.co.za/ 

Elgin Railway Market


The other exciting new addition to this year’s festival is the fact that we’ll have a central collection point.

And not just any old collection point – the brand-new Elgin Railway Market! Here, you will pick up your glasses and passes for the day.

This splendid art deco inspired retail space will be home to a carefully curated mix of products, from food and wine to vintage fashion, décor and live music.
The grand opening will be taking over the weekend of #ElginCoolFest, which means you will be one of the very first to experience this special place! The market will be open on Saturday the 28th until 22:00, and on Sunday the 29th until 18:00.

Follow the Elgin Railway Market Facebook page to keep updated about preparations and progress.

See you there! 




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