Tap Takeover at Vagabond Wines

By admin | 21 June 2017

Vababond

South Africa is taking over at Vagabond Wines on the weekend of 3rd July. Vagabond went to South Africa, plundered the wine reserves and filled out their five venues with the most happening, contemporary selection of SA wine around. Precisely, FORTY EIGHT wines, many making their UK debut this year (and over thirty of which they've never had in stock before) will be included in the Tap Takeover.

Wait. There's more. Thanks to a bursary they won by taking part in a competition we ran, they will be subsidising their premium picks in particular to bring those within reach of more people.

Within the themes each Vagabond store will be hosting a weekly two hour guided tasting session for £25/ head. Click on the link below to find out more information about the tastings and find your nearest Vagabond shop.

This is not to be missed. Click here.

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