[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival is perhaps the most successful trend-setting annual event hosted in Soweto, Johannesburg, and a must-attend on the annual South African wine calendar.
Already over a decade old, the idea for a wine festival in Soweto was conceived over a braai in Pretoria between two neighbors back in 2004. Lyn Woodward and Mnikelo Mangciphu were sharing drinks when the inspiration came and the following year the first edition of the Soweto Wine Festival was held.
The inaugural festival was officially opened by the then Minister of Agriculture, Thoka Didiza. The 3-day event was held at the Ubuntu Kraal in Orlando West with 82 wineries present and about 1,500 members of the public in attendance. That same 2005, Mangciphu launched Morara Wine & Spirit Emporium, the only wine shop in Soweto. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25065″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”25064″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]In 2006, the event tagged Soweto Wine & Brandy Festival relocated to a new venue at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg with the number of attendees doubling to 3,000. Over the years, the festival has grown bigger, and at the 10th anniversary in 2014, Councillor Ruby Mathang in his opening speech described the festival as Johannesburg’s “most important lifestyle event.”
The 12th edition of the Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival is not taking place in 2016 as expected. It was moved from the initial dates of September 2 – 4, 2016 and rescheduled for March 3 – 5, 2017. It will be held at Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, Kilptown in Soweto. Put the date on your calendar and get ready for a Wine Revolution! [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”25066″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”25068″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”25067″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]For additional information, please see:
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