The Malta Independent 17 July 2018, Tuesday

Delicata’s 16th Classic Wine Festival: waving the flag for Maltese wine

Monday, 24 July 2017, 13:04 Last update: about 13 months ago

Wine coins will be the common currency at this summer's Delicata Classic Wine Festival, exchangeable for glasses of delightful Maltese wines. 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.

Organised by Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker, Malta's greatest wine experience of the year is back for its 16th consecutive edition. It takes place over four nights, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 August, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, from 7 pm till midnight.


Balmy, starlit Maltese summer sunsets, delicious wines, great music and friendly hospitality, the Delicata Classic Wine Festival is all, rolled into one.

There will be over 20 different wines to be sampled. Vintages of nine Delicata award-winning brands will be served from as many stalls spread along the garden's periphery.

These include the semi-sparkling Frizzantes made from the native old bush vines Girgentina and Ġellewża, a selection of tasty white, red and rosé DOK Malta Medina and DOK Gozo Victoria Heights boutique wines, the noble mono-varietals of the iconic flagship Gran Cavalier selection, and Malta's most internationally awarded Grand Vin de Hauteville range.

Visitors can also taste the sweeter lifestyle Dolcino, the exclusive Maltese Falcon wines, the popular lush Casella Moscato, other varietals of the Classic Collection, and all three of the Pjazza Reġina wines.

To try the Delicata wines, all one has to do is to purchase a little wine purse for €15 at the entrance gate of the Upper Barrakka Gardens. The wine purse comes filled with 24 wine coins and complete with a souvenir glass which is for the wine lover to keep. Otherwise entrance is free of charge.

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 festival glass.

Since the winery is committed to sustainable practices, Delicata has sourced environmental-friendly coins made from a starch-based material extracted from potato peel which, if left exposed to natural elements, will fully biodegrade.

Different wines hold different amounts of coins. Six wine coins can be exchanged for a glass of the Delicata's flagship wines while only three coins for a pouring of other quality wines. The marked coins are valid for one evening only; they may be kept as a memento.

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 will be prepared by Maypole, Indian dishes by Gate of India and other oriental dishes by Asian House. There will be also various cheese and charcuterie platters by Catermax as well as desserts.

Presenter Mireille Bonello will compere the live entertainment. Every evening there will be a double-bill starting with an opening-night concert on Thursday by WaterWings and Red Electrick. The Busker and the Spiteri Lucas Band will perform on Friday, Planet Seed and The Crowns will play on Saturday, and Cash & Band and The Travellers will bring the wine event of the year to a close on Sunday.

Delicata Privilege Card holders can use the fast track facility provided they pre-book and pay online through Delicata's website. Strictly no wine will be served to anyone under 17 and patrons are reminded to enjoy responsibly. Wine purses and glasses are sold until 11 pm, wine is poured up to 11.30 pm and the festival closes every night at midnight.

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