Just like food and wine pairing flavours highlight salt, sweet, sour, bitter or umami (lekker or ‘scrumptious’), the Gugulethu Wine Festival proved to be a super umami event experience pairing all the right festival flavours. On the same weekend of the Good Food and Wine Festival, Gugulethu hosted a vibrant well-attended wine tasting event founded by Mzoli Ngcawuzele (owner of Mzoli’s Place) and Lungile Mbalo. The founders explained that the festival aims to enrich and serve the well populated township as a whole by showcasing the community as a vibrant market for wine brands, highlighting “Gugs’ as a tourist destination, and experiencing and hosting South African wine festivals in a proud community style.
It was evident that many people enjoying the festival were passionately appreciating a proud South African commodity. The vibe was positively buzzing, networks bridging, people sipping on the lifestyle quality of wine and wine tasting. It was the inaugural festival of wine in Gugulethu and proved to be a magnetic atmosphere that may inspire more food, wine and lifestyle festivals of Cape Town to be hosted in Gugulethu.
As for the wine-tasting, Plaisr De Merle-Cabernet Sauvignon, Solms-Hiervandaan and Re Mogo Pinotage were my top favorites. I didn’t get a chance to do the winetasting with Nederburg Wines but did enjoy the opportunity to start my Saturday night evening in Gugulethu which has never proven to be salty, sour or bitter, just sweet/Umami. Here’s to more vibrant events for Cape Town in well-populated communities outside the city centre.