While more and more airports are adding great wine (and craft beer) bars to their terminals, actually producing alcoholic beverages onsite is extremely rare. As far as we know, the only active airport brewery in the world — Airbrau — is housed in Munich’s airport (where else would you expect it to be?). A winery in Cape Town’s airport will soon be joining Airbrau in the airport booze-making business. Here are the details:
By the end of next year travellers passing through Cape Town International Airport will be able to buy a two-year old Merlot made at the airport.
The small winery was built at a cost of R200,000 and is part of a programme the Airports Company SA (Acsa) is running to enhance the travelling experience.
The cellar will be able to produce about 700 bottles of Merlot wine every two years.
The airport will be fermenting and producing its own wine in the small cellar built in the international arrivals hall, with bottling taking place at the end of 2015. The barrels are already on the premises and passengers can visit the cellar to get a view of the wine-making process.
The article reveals that the “Cape Town airport, which deals with just more than 8-million passengers a year, earlier this year was named the best in Africa by Airports Council International for service quality.” We have a feeling things are only going to get better!
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