Current and prospective members of the four wine clubs managed by Wine Clubs SA; Gastronauts, Goblets & Gourmets, Wine Explorers and Boland Wine Club, are now invited to sign up for 2018. Annual Membership fees are still R350 (Goblets & Gourmets, Wine Explorers & Boland wine Club) with monthly tasting fees (which includes dinner) at R220 for Wine Explorers and Boland Wine Clubs and approximately R270 for Goblets & Gourmets. Things are on the sometimes a bit more pricey at certain wineries which have their own caterers or restaurants…… we might (on the odd occasion) charge more if needed.
The tasting- and dinner fees for Gastronauts will be set at R650. Members of the different clubs are automatically members of Gastronauts and will only be charged members’ fees when these tastings/dinners are arranged (max of two events a year!).
We have recently visited a few new and unknown wineries and are currently in discussion with these wineries to set up tastings in 2018. There will be no international trip in 2018 as we do these every second year, with the last one to France in September 2017. We are planning our next trip abroad to Austria in September 2019.
However, there will be a couple of weekends away to wine areas some distance away from Cape Town. Discussions are under way to visit the Namaqualand West Coast for a long weekend in September and a day-trip (a Saturday in May) to the Southern Suburbs to visit places like Cape Point Vineyards and Steenberg.