many excellent South African ideas, this festival
started with a (slightly tipsy) conversation over
wine and a backyard braai...
As neighbours, Lynn Woodward and Mnikelo Mangciphu
with two friends, sipped wine with their inyama, they
dreamed about bringing wine to Mnikelo's home town
of Soweto. Only a year later these neighbours came
together once again but this time as founding partners
of The Soweto Wine Festival. Cape Wine master Marilyn
Cooper joined the team and they were off and running.
Wine is one of the most appreciated and iconic South
African products. Loved and laboured over, grown from
our very own soil, it seems only natural that quality
South African wines should be (responsibly) enjoyed
That's why, 12 years ago, the Soweto Wine Festival
kicked off with the vision of sharing this proudly
South African product with the Sowetan audience. Today
the festival has grown in scale and scope and attracts
thousands of local visitors and internationals alike
to the festival and surrounding streets of Soweto
for a weekend and #72HOURS of exploration and celebration
of proudly South African wine, music, and food culture.