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Sign me up for the Soweto Wine Revolution

A couple of weeks ago I got to travel to Soweto with Mariette, to meet up with the team from the Soweto Wine Festival, connect with the local creatives and changemakers and see what’s happening in the wine scene outside of Cape Town.

LoCrate Market, Soweto
LoCrate Market, Soweto

My first time in Soweto

So even though I grew up in Joburg, I have to admit that I don’t think I even visited Soweto until I was about 20 years old. I grew up in the Eastern suburbs on the other side of the city and there was just never really a reason for me to head out that way. Since then I’ve been to Soweto a few times for work, but never really for a social visit.

With Liziwe at LoCrate Market
With Liziwe at LoCrate Market

Over the past year or so, I have been seeing some really cool stuff coming out of the Joburg/Soweto creative scene; from this video by the guys from Instabikerides, to the beautiful pictures flooding my Instagram feed by the likes of I See A Different You. It’s undeniable that there’s something exciting happening in Soweto – and I want to be a part of it.


Obviously I jumped at the chance to become part of the Soweto Wine Festival, which has been hailed the #WineRevolution.

"Love Lives Here" by iseeadifferentyou
“Love Lives Here” by iseeadifferentyou

Meeting the people who are making the place


We landed in Joburg on Saturday morning and headed out to The Sheds @ 1 Fox, a cool market that’s mostly fashion, art and food. Unfortunately for me, I moved out of Joburg towards the end of 2010, just as all the cool stuff was starting to happen, so I haven’t really had the opportunity to explore the Maboneng scene or spend time in the inner city. It’s been really exciting for me to be able to explore this beautiful new side of Joburg.


We spent Saturday night meeting amazingly talented, friendly and disgustingly cool people who I can’t wait to work with over the next few weeks. We chatted about wine and about the new generation of uber smart, creative and driven people who are shaping a whole new scene in and around Soweto.


I don’t want to give any more away, because I’ll be back in Soweto on the the weekend of 4-6 September, for #72hrsSoweto. Joining a few more bloggers and Instagrammers, I’ll be staying in the heart of the Soweto Wine Festival action and exploring all the different layers of what I think is one of Africa’s most exciting cities (even though technically it’s not called a city).

LoCrate Market, Soweto
LoCrate Market, Soweto

I can’t wait to check out more of the places where the locals hang out and spend more time with the cool people who I met on my recent visit.

Soweto Wine Festival

Soweto Wine Festival

Now in it’s 11th year, the festival is happening at the Walter Sisulu Sqaure in Soweto from 4-6 September 2015. Tickets are available on Webtickets here. For more information on the festival, accommodation, parking etc. etc. check out their website here: www.sowetowinefestival.co.za .

Locrate Market

This year is going to be a combination of wine, fashion and food. We got a little taste of what will be on offer at the LoCrate Market, which happens on the first Sunday of every month in Orlando West.

Follow Along

Follow the #72hrsSoweto story on Social Media using the hashtags #72hrsSoweto #SowetoWineFest #‎meetsouthafrica #‎WineRevolution #myhood #visitgauteng #geepeeshotleft (I know, that’s a lot of hashtags, but they all have a story to tell)

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  1. Yay! I’m so excited to be joining this, it’s going to be so much fun the explore Soweto together!!

  2. I’m getting so psyched for next weekend!

  3. Natalie,

    Did you meet my good friend, Selena Cuffe, from NYC at the Soweto show? She was one of the speakers. Very talented lady and highly respected in international wine community, especially by Wal-Mart Stores.


    Dave Jefferson

    1. Hi Dave, I don’t think I had the pleasure. Where was she speaking? At the festival?