Wine coins will be the common currency at this summer’s Delicata Classic Wine Festival, exchangeable for glasses of delightful Maltese wines. Organised by Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker, Malta’s greatest wine experience of the year will be held from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, from 7 pm till midnight.
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. 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. 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. More info from www.delicata.com