UP’s official wine society was started in 2011 by fourth-year BCom Law student Mark Nichol. “We’re trying to encapsulate that Cape Town experience in a wine estate at all of our events,” says Nichol.

Hatfield campus serves as host to the official UP Wine Society’s monthly wine-tasting events, which are held in the Serengeti Restaurant. Representatives from wine farms across the country showcase their wines and provide students with a brief introduction to wine tasting. Each wine farm representative presents three to six different wines during the course of the evening. This is followed by a short Q&A session.

Maxine Gunzenhauser, BCom Law student and treasurer of the UP Wine Society, commented on the society’s wish to attract more interest from UP students. She believes the wine tastings are not only informative and interesting to all who attend, but also enormous fun.

“Most of us here at the wine society will have left UP by the end of next year so we’re looking for other students to get involved and ensure that the society has a future,” says Gunzenhauser.

Ernst Bekker, BSc Environmental Science student and Deputy Chairperson of the UP Wine Society commented on his experiences at the wine-tasting events. “I always somehow meet new and interesting people with different and similar backgrounds while enjoying a glass. ”

The UP Wine Society has four wine tastings scheduled to take place over the course of the first semester. The society encourages any students with interest in social wine tasting to join.

A re-registration date for UP’s Wine Society will take place at Burgundy’s restaurant on Hatfield campus on 20 March at 16:00.

Photo: Jerome van Zyl

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