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A firm favourite, the Knysna Wine Festival, a premier event during The Knysna Oyster Festival, packed its new venue, The Premier Resort the moorings Knysna, to capacity on both evenings.

Guests got the red carpet treatment with sponsor, Lexus Halfway George, exhibiting a gorgeous range of vehicles at the entrance.

This year added, Oysters, a shuttle service, a children’s care club as well as the Premier Resort the Moorings Knysna tapa’s restaurant area.

  • Knysna Local Tracy Clifford Statt "the Wine Festival was supported by a wonderful collective of Knysna residents from all groups... it was such a delight to be witness to a VERY CLASSY NEW SOUTH AFRICA.... ROCK ON!!!"
  • Chantal Bruwer from Phantom Gin: “The festival was incredible. A fantastic venue with passionate producers and enthusiastic guests all culminated into a truly festive vibe. A big thank-you to Fitch & Leedes for sponsoring our premium mixers. We look forward to next year.”

We would like to Thank our sponsor Lexus George and all our Estates that participated. Thank you to our venue Premier Hotels & Resorts the Moorings, Knysna. Thanks to all our guests, wineries, breweries and exhibitors for participating in our 14th annual event.

To our amazing staff, mainly from Sedgefield, thank you for your dedication.

This year a portion of our profits, R5000,  have gone towards Sedgefield animal matters spay and neuter programme, as well as R2000 towards a local’s cancer treatment.

We only used local suppliers so a total of plus minus R150 000.00 went back into Greater Knysna economy.

 Plans have already started for 2020 so watch this space.

Other thanks to Aramex George , Knysna Municipality, Knysna Oyster Festival, Knysna Information Office(Visit Knysna), Sedgefield Tourism, Web tickets, Francine Wagenaar, Allsound security, Fitch and Leedes and the Knysna Neighbourhood watch Bambinani s.

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When was the last time you hiked through the beautiful Knysna Forests, swam in the magnificent Knysna Estuary or had Sunday Lunch at one of our great local restaurants?

The 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival is arranged and hosted by locals and we are proud to announce that it will be one of the best yet! We always say “support local”, so why not get out there and enjoy our beautiful area, with drinks at The Turbine Hotel (22 & 28 June), Burgers at the Burger Exchange (22 June), Forest Hikes with the family, Live music with friends (27 June) and a round of golf at the Pezula Golf Course (27, 28 & 29 June).

Get out your camera for the Woodcutter’s Trail (25 June) and River of Gold Forest Walk (27 June), tie your shoes laces for the FNB family hike or trail run (24, 26 & 28 June), hold your breath for the Lagoon Mile Swim (28 June) or get involved in one of the sport tournaments, many of these being hosted by the ever-friendly Hornlee community.

Not the outdoor type? Enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner (28 June), book a babysitter for the Not So Secret Something (adult only) Comedy Show (23 June) or attend the Flavours of Knysna (26 June) for some really good food!

We have something for everyone and invite, encourage and challenge you to make the most of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!

Visit the website www.KnysnaOysterFestival.co.za for more details of our fully packed programme and regularly updated eatery and activity specials.

Enquiries :
Nadine Kidd
Visit Knysna Information & Promotion Office
40 Main Road, Knysna
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This year's 14th Knysna Wine Festival will not only showcase quality South African wines but local produce as well, sharing a Taste of the Garden Route with the world.  

This Festival, 28 - 29 June at its new venue, The Premier Resort – The Knysna Mooring, will offer quaffers the opportunity to discover wines and produce from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo, creating awareness of the area's wonderful local wineries and artisans.

Under the umbrella of Plettenberg Bay Winelands, the Knysna Wine Festival welcomes Packwood Country Estate, Newstead Lund Family Vineyards, Kay & Monty Vineyards, Bramon Wine Estate, Bitou Vineyards and Lodestone Wines and Olives.

Thanks to Garden Route's cooler climate, mountainous backdrop and coastal setting that ensures a cool ocean breeze to many vineyards and valleys, The Garden Route manages to produce unique and stunning wines, sparkling wines and MCCs.

From the Little Karoo and Mossel Bay, Jakkalsvlei Vineyards, Peter Bayly Wines and Joubert – Tradauw will also be present representing the locals.

Local Gin is Lekker; the fashion for premium gin, has attracted vintners, many of whom have increased their portfolio to include craft gin.

Regional gins are fast becoming common practice with Knysna enjoying 2 different gin brands, The Knysna Distillery and Phantom Craft Gin, will both be on show at the 14th Knysna Wine Festival, . From the Klein Karoo, Black Mountain Gin will be showing off their classic dry style gin.

Mindful that the Knysna Wine Festival is to be held during the Knysna Forest Marathon weekend, the organisers have ensured the availability of Craft Beers for the runners. The Garden Route's craft beers will be represented by Greater Knysna’s, Sedgefield Craft Beer.

Knysna Wine Festival invite imbibers to visit the beautiful Greater Knysna to enjoy and experience The 10 best Days of Winter the Garden Route has to offer, while tasting local and regional wineries and distilleries. Embrace the opportunity to interact with local and high profile producers, taste their latest releases and learn the art behind wine making during the Knysna Wine festival.

Tapa’s meals and Oysters will be available for sale during the Festival.

Tickets cost R150 each (incl a tasting glass) and are available online at Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za or from the Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism offices.

For further information visit Facebook @KnysnaWineFestival. 

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Wine Festival gets royal treatment with stylish new venue

The Knysna Wine Festival may be an institution, but this year’s new location on Thesen Island will be a first for the well-known event. On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July wine lovers will have the chance to experience over 200 wines from more than 50 wine producers, as well as sample deliciously different craft liquors from across the Cape Winelands and Garden Route.
Said Wine Festival Director, Belinda Hobson: “We wanted to launch an exclusive wine festival in the Garden Route which would not only give visitors the chance to experience a vast range of delicious wines, but also meet and interact with the winemakers. And so, the Knysna Wine Festival was born. There was obvious synergy with the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, and we joined forces in 2005.”

As new presenting partner of the Knysna Wine Festival, Pick n Pay is bringing back the Pick n Pay Wine Club Tasting Room, were visitors can enjoy a range of food-and-wine pairings hosted by an expert in the field. Learn why oysters pair best with a crisp Riesling, or if it’s true that a Shiraz or Cabernet are the perfect companion to a sizzling steak, for example. So make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment!

For the chance to win two tickets to the Festival, including guaranteed entry to the exclusive Pick n Pay Wine Club Tasting Room, sign up at www.picknpay.co.za/wineclub during June using the reference KOF2018. One winner will be drawn every Friday for four weeks. T&Cs apply.

The Pick n Pay Wine Club is a free-to-join club that’s open to anyone who enjoys a good bottle of wine at a great price. All members receive 20% off the Wine Buyers’ Top 10 wines every month in addition to exclusive offers, competitions and invitations to events. As a Wine Club member you’ll also receive free delivery when buying wine online, making stocking up on all your favourites easy and hassle-free!

Tickets are available online at www.webtickets.co.za or at the Money Counters at Pick n Pay Knysna and George. Tickets will also be available at Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism Offices from the first week of June.

Every year the Festival is geared towards raising funds for communities in and around Knysna and this particular event will donate a portion of the door takings to the Little Angels Day Care Centre for challenged and otherwise-abled children in the Knysna District.

For more information please contact Belinda Hobson on 074 456 2253 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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