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Annual Lesotho Wine & Crafts Festival returns


Mohalenyane Phakela

THE annual wine festival will this year take place at Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village on August 30.

Launched in 2012, the Lesotho Wine & Crafts Festival is one of the country’s premiere events promoting the country’s wine culture. It also serves the purpose of also showcasing the areas gourmet treats and quirky traditions.

The Wine and Crafts Festival is hosted by Lesotho Wine to showcase wines from as far afield as Cape Town, South Africa. Wine aficionados are able meet, sip and swirl wine, listening to live musical entertainment put on by local artists and appreciate the fine cuisine of the region. This will also be an opportunity for local artists in the area to showcase their products and produce at the event.

According to the festival organisers, the focal point of the celebration will be the food and wine marquee in the centre of the venue – next to the Amphitheatre Hall.

The fete also serves the purpose of exposing locals to various types of wines and how they differ in regard to composition the methods used to produce them, thereby inspiring Basotho to venture into the industry.

Last year, the event attracted scores of people and there were up to 15 wineries including Durbanville Hills, Holden Maz and Beaumont showcasing a wide range of red and white wine collections such as sweet rose, shiraz, merlot and chardonnay, among others, defined by winemakers as rare, distinct and exceptional in taste.

Beaumont, which will be present again this year, is a charming family-run farm and winery situated in the quaint Overberg Village of Bot River, and the home to the region’s oldest wine cellar dating back to the 1700s. It is best known for producing a wide range of exquisite wines such as red and white.

The organisers also revealed that the wines of Mount Abora Vineyards will again be available to taste and buy at this year’s Lesotho Wine Festival. Saffraan Cinsaut 2013, Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2012 and also the maiden release of The Abyssinian Mourvèdre / Cinsault / Syrah 2012 will be presented by Pieter De Waal.

To spice up the event, there will be a number of live bands and crafts expos for people to enjoy good music with good wine while feasting their eyes with crafts.

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