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Constantia Fresh' - For the love of Sauvignon Blanc

Constantia Fresh'Constantia Fresh' is one of the first South African wine festivals to feature Sauvignon Blanc of the Constantia Valley and other participating regional and international producers for a two day lifestyle festival celebrating the distinctiveness and freshness of the 'wild white' grape, Sauvignon Blanc and its compatibility with food.

These festivities, organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events, aim to manifest in the minds of Sauvignon Blanc drinkers, its food compatibility as well as uncovering how South Africa truly fairs in the international context of Sauvignon Blanc.

'A noble grape variety'
Organiser of the event, top sommelier, Jörg Pfützner says "It's is important that people realise that there are dimensions to Sauvignon Blanc other than those tinned asparagus and green pepper components. It’s actually a noble grape variety and the top Sauvignon Blanc wines of South Africa can measure themselves against the rest of the world. We’ve invited Loire and New Zealand producers to give our guests a chance to see how we fair internationally".

Participating producers
'Constantia Fresh' features a total of four palate-stimulating events taking place on the 26th and 27th February 2010 which is possible thanks to the support of the participating Constantia producers namely Constantia Uitsig, Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Steenberg, Eagle’s Nest, Buitenverwachting and Constantia Glen.

Pfützner has extended the invitation to a handful of Loire and New Zealand producers as well as specific top Sauvignon Blanc producers in Elgin, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Hemel en Aarde, Cederberg, Robertson and the Cape Point to complete the regional and international attraction of the two day festivities in the same vein as the Riesling Festival’s food and wine pairing exhibition which was held in Cape Town in February 2009.

Festival attendance
Tickets to 'Constantia Fresh' and the individual events can be purchased at the cellar doors of the participating Constantia Valley producers or contact Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events on 072 467 5943 or email him

For any press/media queries please contact:
Claire Lockey  - Public Relations Practitioner
+2782 598 9192

For further information on the festival, please contact:
Jörg Pfützner - FINE WINE EVENTS
+2772 467 5943


International Sauvignon Blanc tasting
Friday 26th February 2010
14h00 -19h00

Buitenverwachting hosts the International Sauvignon Blanc tasting in their Old Cellar where guests will taste different vintages from the best producers of the Loire, alongside New Zealand and the Constantia region with the purpose of establishing stylistic differences, ageability, strong and weak points in comparison to other world-class Sauvignon Blancs.

Fine Dining at award winning restaurant La Colombe
Friday 26th February 2010
19h30 – 00h00

Award-winning La Colombe restaurant is the location for the Fine-Dining event with matured international and Constantia Sauvignon Blanc highlighting Sauvignon Blanc food compatibility. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Constantia Méthode Cap Classique and an introduction into the freshness of Sauvignon Blanc by Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl. A brief address will be given by Luke Dale-Roberts, executive chef of La Colombe Restaurant.

International Red Wine Tasting
Saturday 27th February 2010
11h00 – 13h30

Groot Constantia will host an international Red Wine Tasting of which the objective is to showcase the importance of freshness in Red Wines. The line up of wines will feature different Vintages of Bordeaux, high-end Australian Shiraz, wines of the northern Rhone Valley and South African Bordeaux blends and Shiraz out of Constantia and other Regions.

Sauvignon Blanc and food pairing Exhibition
Saturday 27th February 2010
15h00 -18h00 with picnic to follow from 18h00 – 21h30

Set up on the lawn of Buitenverwachting, the Sauvignon Blanc Exhibition will take the form of food and wine pairing walk around tasting.  All exhibiting regions will be paired with the top chefs of Cape Town and other Sauvignon Blanc producing regions so that guests will be able to select and taste the foods of these chefs with the suitable wines.

Once the exhibition has ended guests will be welcomed to a picnic on the lawns for a bottle of Constantia red wine and live entertainment to end off a glorious weekend.

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