IT’S all systems go for this year’s Soweto Wine Festival!
For 12 years this popular event has been the focus of wine connoisseurs in Mzansi. But it was recently announced that two shareholders, who are also co-founders of the festival, have taken over the reins.
Mnikelo Mangciphu, owner and manager of Soweto’s first wine boutique, Morara Wine Emporium and Saki Zamxaka, venture capitalist and art investor, have taken over as majority shareholders.
Zamxaka said his personal passion for wines was the fuel that inspired his interest in the festival.
“I’ve been collecting South African wines for over 15 years and the idea of introducing these wines to an even broader audience is incredibly appealing. I’ve purchased the Soweto Wine Festival because there is potential to build the wine industry, both here in South Africa and abroad.”
“I have a vision that the future of the Soweto Wine Festival includes wines from all over the world as well as those from Mzansi.”
The 13th annual Soweto Wine Festival is planned to return to Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, on the weekend of 1 and 2 September.
This year, the owners aim to showcase the best of South Africa’s wines, cuisine, travel destinations and lifestyle brands to the thousands of visitors the festival attracts every year.
Walter Sisulu Square was chosen in celebration of this year’s Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.
Tickets cost R150 for each day and can be bought ahead of time at webtickets.co.za or at the door on the night.