I'm not a huge wine drinker. Not that I don't want to but because I never really learned to drink wine. Don't get me wrong though. I enjoy a good wine as much as the next guy as long as it's something like a late harvest or a sweet Rosé. This past weekend The Wine Show Nelson Mandela Bay took place in the city for the fourth consecutive year and for the first time at the brand new Boardwalk Convention Centre. Some of South Africa's finest wine estates like Blaauwklippen Vineyards, Morgenster Estate, Gabrielskloof and Simonsig along with a number of smaller boutique wineries were represented and visitors could taste the wines on offer at every stall. The show also offered Wine Extra Theatre sessions where visitors were taken through a wine tasting process by experts.
I attended the show as guest of the organisers of the show and took the opportunity to chat to both the organisers as well as with some of the exhibitors. The overwealming response from them was that the show was a huge success and exceeded their expectations. One even said that for them the show was even better than the one in Johannesburg. The exhibitors were also over the moon about the facilities at the Boardwalk and everybody were very impressed that Port Elizabeth now has a world class centre like this. This all bodes well for future exhibitions and events at the Boardwalk and in the city.
Here is a couple of snaps from the show.