The Delicata Classic Wine Festival Is Back For 2018

30th July 2018

To try the wines, there is a fee of €15 for a handy wine purse which comes filled with 24 wine coins, as well as a souvenir wine glass.

The Delicata Classic Wine Festival, organised by the award-winning Delicata winery, will once again take place at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August 2018, from 7pm until midnight.

In all there are over 25 wines to sample, including the semi-sparkling Frizzantes made from the native old bush vines Girgentina and Ġellewża, the tasty white, red and rosé D.O.K. Malta Medina and D.O.K. Gozo Victoria Heights boutique wines, a selection of the flagship Gran Cavalier and Grand Vin de Hauteville ranges, as well as the sweeter lifestyle Dolcino and Falcon wines, the popular lush Casella Moscato and other varietals of the Classic Collection, and all three of the Pjazza Reġina wines.

For the first time, the SpritZZers will be showcased too. Delicata’s brand of spritzers (or ready-mixed wine coolers) was released in Malta as early as 1997, at the time when spritzers were all the rage in trendy bars in California, London and New York. At only 3.9 per cent alcohol, all three spritzers are semi-sparkling, medium-dry in style and bursting with fruity flavours.

Entrance to the gardens is free. But to try the wines there is a fee of €15 for a handy wine purse which comes filled with 24 wine coins and complete with a souvenir glass which is yours to keep.

This 17th edition sees the introduction of a convenient online payment facility, which is operational already at Delicata’s secure website  Prepayment will save you time queuing on the night since it allows you to collect your wine coins and glass from the dedicated online priority lane outside the gardens. Of course, the cash points remain open as usual too.

Every evening there is a double-bill of great music, starting with an opening-night concert on Thursday by Kersten Graham + Band and The Crowns.  Planet Seed and The Busker perform on Friday, Bernie & Pod and Spiteri Lucas Entertainment play on Saturday, and Cash & Band and Gianni & Rug close on Sunday.

Live cooking stalls will be serving a tempting variety of both traditional Maltese and international dishes to tease a wide range of palates. Maltese favourites are prepared by Maypole, Indian dishes by Gate of India and other oriental dishes by Asian House. There are also various cheese and charcuterie platters by Catermax as well as desserts.

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