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The Spier Secret Courtyard, a wine pop-up bar concept, has just been announced winner of the Best Wine Event Category at the Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards 2015, trumping a host of competing events from around the world.

The pop-up bar was inspired by the Spier Secret Festival held annually over two days at Spier in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Like the festival, the bar wove together culture, sustainability, heritage and great food and wine – ensuring these facets could be enjoyed by urban drinkers over the course of several weeks.

The Cape Town edition of the Spier Secret Courtyard opened its doors at 64A Wale Street in the city’s centre in February 2014, closed at the end of April that year. The Joburg edition was based in Braamfontein’s buzzing Juta Street over the course of November 2014.

Word soon spread about both locations, and the three nights a week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) that the bar was open, it was bustling with patrons enjoying Spier wine and snacks. Secret Dinners were hosted by leading Cape and Joburg creatives, while on Friday nights there were relaxed live music sessions.

Keep up to date on where the next Spier Secret Courtyard will pop up by visiting their website, or following them on Twitter  or at The Spier Secret Festival on Facebook.

About The Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards

With tourism expanding in most of the world’s major wine regions, The Drinks International Wine Tourism Awards aims to recognise innovation and excellence among wine producers, winemakers and associated businesses. The awards categories reflect the strategy, proposition and innovation shown by these groups.

The competition, now in its fourth year, rewards producers, winemakers and generic bodies be they local, regional, national or international that attract visitors to their wineries and raise brand awareness.

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