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Pretoria - It’s going to be a WINEderful weekend in Pretoria from 3 to 5 October, with the Jacaranda City  welcoming the  TOPS at SPAR Wine Show , the country’s biggest and boldest travelling wine show.

The show takes centre stage at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre for three wine-packed days.

Co-owner of the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show Andrew Douglas shares eight tips for getting the most of  your Wine Show experience:
  1. Make sure you get there early because there are over 300 wines to be tasted.
  2. “Drink wine but stay fine” (#DrinkSmart)! There are as many varieties of safe driving options as there are cultivars, and TOPS at SPAR Wine Show partner Goodfella’s offers safe, convenient and affordable choices – so pre-book and stay safe!
  3. Make a weekend of it: Extend your wine-loving fun with the Weekend Pass, priced at R280 and valued at R370, valid for Friday and Saturday shows (Friday 17h00 to 21h00; Saturday 15h00 to 21h00).
  4. Insider’s Tip: Book the Couples Combo, which will cost you just R385 for an experience valued at R570. You’ll get two general admission tickets, two tasting glasses, a show guide, access to the wine theatres, unlimited tastings and a six-pack of wine glasses courtesy of Core Catering. It’s WINEderful value.
  5. Remember the free ‘Sip & Ship’ service on all cases as you wind your way around the show – no need to schlep boxes of wine around or try and find your favourite stands at the end of the night; simply place your order, pay cellar door prices, and get free and reliable delivery straight to your door. Best of all there’s no limit to the number of cases you can have shipped to your soon-to-be-bursting cellar.
  6. Don’t miss the opportunity to cast your ‘People’s Choice Award’ vote for your favourite wine from a selection of 10 finalists in the Wine Label Design Awards presented by Rotolabel, and put yourself in the running to win one of the fabulous displayed wines at the end of the tour.
  7. Look out for the Stellenbosch Vineyards competition station to stand a chance to win wine for a year.
  8. Get a mouthful of wine knowledge with some edutainment in the wine theatres – there’s plenty to pique your interest:
Here's what's on at the #SAWINESHOWCASE Theatre

Thursday 3 October:
  • 18h00 Olive Brook - Complex but not Confusing Discover the mystery of the Old Vine Project
  • 19h00 Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
  • 20h00 Imbuko Wines – Festival of Wine Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
Friday 4 October:
  • 18h00 Olive Brook - Complex but not Confusing Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
  • 19h00 Discover the mystery of the Old Vine Project
  • 20h00 Imbuko Wines – Festival of Wine Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
Saturday 5 October:
  • 16h00 Olive Brook - Complex but not Confusing Discover the Mystery of the Old Vine Project
  • 17h00 Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
  • 18h00 Meerhof – introduction to the Swartland Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
  • 19h00 Jon Meinking: SA Wine Showcase
Pretoria Show Information:
  • Dates & times: Thursday 3 October: 17:00-21:00
  • Friday 4 October: 17:00-21:00
  • Saturday 5 October: 15:00-21:00
* Book your tickets for the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show in Pretoria by going to tws.sale/iolpta and get an exclusive 30% off general admission tickets.