UPPER BARRAKKA GARDENS, VALLETTA
10, 11, 12 & 13 August 2017
Malta’s greatest wine event of the year is back for its 16th consecutive edition!
WORLD-CLASS VENUE WITH A VIEW
As always, it takes place over four nights at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta from the 10th to the 13th August 2017, every evening from 7 pm till midnight.
Each one of the four wine-and-joy filled evenings promises to be as magical as ever with a great line-up of wine, food and music. Balmy, starlit Maltese summer sunsets, delicious wines, great music and friendly hospitality, the Delicata Classic Wine Festival is all rolled into one.
ALL FOR A PENNY
Wine coins will be the common currency at this summer’s Delicata Classic Wine Festival, exchangeable for glasses of delightful wines.
To try the wines, all festival revellers have to do is purchase 24 wine coins in a complimentary purse and a souvenir glass (yours to keep too), all for €15.
Handing over the correct change of wine coins at the stalls inside will prompt dedicated wine stewards to pour a standard 150 ml glass of the wine on show in the clearly marked festival glass. We generously serve all wines by the glass: no tasters, no bottles.
GREAT AWARD-WINNING WINES
In all there will be over 20 wines to sample. Vintages of nine Delicata award-winning brands are served from as many stalls spread along the garden’s periphery.
These include the semi-sparkling Frizzantes made from the very rare native old bush vines Girgentina and Ġellewża, a selection of delectable white, red and rosé DOK Malta Medina and DOK Gozo Victoria Heights boutique wines, noble mono-varietals of the iconic flagship Gran Cavalier selection and Malta’s most internationally awarded Grand Vin de Hauteville range, including Malta’s only award-winning and super-trendy Viognier.
Besides the sweeter lifestyle Dolcino and the exclusive Maltese Falcon wines, the popular lush Casella Moscato and other varietals of the Classic Collection, all three of the Pjazza Reġina wines crafted in tribute to Valletta, Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2018, will also be on show to taste.
Different wines hold different currency: the charge ranges from 6 wine coins for a glass of the flagship selection to 3 coins for a pouring of other quality wines. The marked coins are valid for one night only; they may be kept as a memento.
ENJOY DIFFERENT CUISINES
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 to try and match. Food tickets are purchased separately inside the gardens.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Presenter Mireille Bonello will compere the live entertainment. Every evening there is a double-bill starting with an opening-night concert on Thursday by WaterWings and Red Electrick. The Busker and the Spiteri Lucas Band perform on Friday, Planet Seed and The Crowns play on Saturday, and Cash & Band and The Travellers will bring the greatest wine event of the year to a close on Sunday.
Delicata Privilege Card Holders (subscribing can until 08/08/17) may use the fast track facility provided they have pre-booked online through the winery’s website.
The swift booking process is easy: just settle the standard fee of €15 online, print a copy of your booking confirmation and then, on the night, collect your wine coin filled purse and festival wine glass from the Info and Privilege Card Desk at the venue, just inside the gates of the Upper Barrakka Gardens, against presentation of your printed ticket and personal Delicata Privilege Card.
Festival revellers making use of the Privilege Card fast track will not need to queue outside at the cash points of what is Malta’s most popular wine event.
As a special sign of appreciation for their loyal custom and support, the Delicata Winery is surprising Privilege Card Holders with an extra little treat put in their little wine purse this year.
GET THERE WITH EASE
Getting to the gardens (Google Map) is possible from the main entrance to the right of Castille Hotel of course. But another swift way is using the Upper Barrakka Lift, linking the Grand Harbour directly to the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
The journey takes around twenty-five seconds, making it the quickest way to Delicata’s Classic Wine Festival from the Valletta Waterfront and a practical alternative for cruise ship passengers who disembark at the Valletta Passenger Terminal to partake in the event.
The fee is €1.00 per person, payable on your way up. The lift will be operating each night until the end of the wine festival.
Private taxis also service the venue.
Whilst entrance to the Festival is free, strictly no wine will be served to anyone under 17 and patrons are reminded to enjoy responsibly. Wine glasses are sold until 11 pm, wine is poured up to 11.30 pm and the festival closes at midnight. Mineral water and soft drinks are also available for purchase.
See you there!
For more information contact the Emmanuel Delicata Winery on 2182 5199 or via email on email@example.com.