A taste of the good stuff sans the snobbery.
While Covid left Cape Town’s once-roaring restaurant industry in tatters, successful chef-restaurateur Matt Manning (33) and wine aficionado Chris Groenewald (35) had other plans: they opened a wine bar in what many would call scarily uncertain times.
Culture Wine Bar shares a roof with Matt’s other two concerns, Grub & Vine and The Chef’s Studio. “When the space adjacent to Grub & Vine became available,” recalls Matt, “I took it! It makes sense to have something that complements the food in that space: where you can have a quick glass of wine after work, meet up with friends on a Friday, or have a nightcap after dinner.”
For wine lovers, not snobs
Chris and Matt were on the same page when it came to the pillars of the new venue: great wine, great snacks, great music (“we both love the blues”) and were equally decisive when it came to what they didn’t want: “pretentiousness and snobbery, which sadly often accompany (good) wine”.
The moody interiors, courtesy of Monya Eastman of Stokperd, reflect the owners’ vision of creating “a warm and welcoming space that is contemporary and also timeless”. Think marble countertops and leather booths, wooden floors, high-beamed ceilings, and an exposed brick wall that runs down one side of the space.
Events at Culture
In addition to top-drawer wines and superb snacks, Culture hosts a series of wine-fuelled events:
Hosted by resident “cork puller” Chris Groenewald, the bimonthly wine-tasting club is a must for those wanting to expand their wine horizons, by comparing South African varietals and international wines. The upcoming event (Tuesday, 23 March) focuses on chardonnays from South Africa, France, America, and more.
Please note Only 16 seats are reserved per event. A deposit of R150 is charged to secure your seat that will be offset against your final bill on the night.
Cost R550 per person (includes a welcome drink and canapés)
Date Tuesday, 23 March (recurs bimonthly)
This weekly wine tasting, hosted by some of the country’s best wine farms, is complimentary. Every Thursday at 6pm the hosting winemaker will handpick a couple of their favourite vintages for you to enjoy, while throwing in a Vine 101 suitable for all levels of wine geek: from newbie to aficionado.
Please note Only 24 seats are reserved per event
Time Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm
Culture at Home
Get cultured in the comfort of your home, with a curated monthly wine box featuring six incredible wines chosen by resident wine maestro, Chris Groenewald. In addition to a selection of unique vintages, different cultivars and a “wildcard import”, the case also comes with a short interactive video where Chris will run you through each wine, the tasting notes and information on each winemaker.
How to place your order:
- select today’s date
- choose “ASAP” as the time and select delivery
- select “Curated by Chris” in the line item section
Please note Only 25 boxes are available per month, and orders are taken on a first-come; first-served basis and will only be accepted through the Dineplan payment platform (delivery on date selected).
Cost R1 195 per box (includes 6 wines)
And there you have it – Vine 101! Getting viticultured has never been easier.
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