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The first thing the organisers want you to know is that this is unlike any other wine festival you've been to. Moving away from the stuffy stand-after-stand setup in crowded exhibition halls, the prevailing theme of Constantia Fresh is (yes) freshness. From the open-air Table Mountain breeze gently rustling through the Buitenverwachting estate to the passion in every drop of wine, this is an event of stratosphere-high standards. The bar is lifted even higher thanks to the wine-pairing cuisine prepared by South Africa's most coveted culinary giants. A late afternoon and early evening of song, sips and snacks — and we wonder why Cape Town keeps raking in those destination awards?


A Constantia wine festival.
Standards are high and the freshness is unquestionable.
Buitenverwachting Wine Farm, Klein Constantia Rd, Constantia
25 Feb., 3-7 p.m.
Buy tickets online.


By Suzette Leal

Suzette only stays at home to watch Orange Is The New Black. She limits her fluid intake to water, wine and champagne and she absolutely doesn't get the selfie trend. Burma is next on her to-do list. That, and salmon fishing in Iceland.