You all know the date, cause the first weekend of November has been in the Swartland’s wine calendar since the inaugural The Swartland Revolution in 2010!
Over the last 13 years the revolution spilled into the streets of Riebeek as the SIP and the SWOR hosted the Street Party. Last year we hosted the first edition of The Swartland Gospel on the Friday night.
Now we are just thrilled to announce that the gospel is back and we’re taking it to the seaside!
This year, for the second sermon we’re bringing you two Americans nogal.
Robert Camuto of The Wine Spectator writes of our first guest:
From his sprawling Corti Brothers vintage family grocery in Sacramento, California, (Darell) Corti has helped shape the wine landscape for 60 years: bottling wine on both sides of the Atlantic, guiding generations of winemakers and aiding in the revival of California Zinfandel.
… During my recent trip to California, winemaker Tegan Passalacqua of Turley called Corti and his discerning palate “a quality control for the wine industry.”
“Even when you do a good job,” Passalacqua says, “he tells you that you can do better.”
Which brings us to our second guest…
His LinkedIn profile lists “Harvest Intern; Sadie Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa ;Jan 2011 – Mar 2011, and now he’s coming back!
The Turley website says “Under the direction of winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, Turley now makes 50 different wines from over 50 vineyards across California, primarily Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, with many vines dating back to the late 1800s. By farming organically and focusing on old vine vineyards of these varieties, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture.”
Bringing the Sandlands and Sacramento to Saldanha – we’re taking the gospel to the real West Coast.
DATE & PLACE: Friday 3 November 2023, Salanha Bay (the Swartland Wine & Olive Route Seaside Party takes place at the same venue the next day).
More info on wines and vibes coming soon.
Tickets will go on sale 30 June.
Keep an eye on this blog and the social media page for The Swartland Gospel for more info.
For now, save the dates and book your rooms – book directly at The Saldanha Bay Hotel with code AAB411 for a special rate of R1250 for two people sharing, B&B included. Plesier!
*Pics of our guests with credit to SFGate & Wine Spectator