Joseph Dhafana

Winemaker, Sommelier & Captain of Team Zimbabwe from the Documentary, “Blind Ambition” to attend Music City Harvest Party.

Nashville Wine Auction is excited to announce that special guest Joseph Dhafana, winemaker, sommelier, and the Captain of Team Zimbabwe from the Documentary, “Blind Ambition”, will attend the Music City Harvest Party.

About Joseph Dhafana

Joseph Dhafana is a member of a team of Zimbabwe sommeliers who chose to take on the world in the sport of wine tasting. Dhafana and his teammates’ journey to the World Wine Tasting Championship (WWTC) was a circuitous path of improbability, passion, dedication, and vision.

Growing up in the rural Chirumhanzu District of Zimbabwe, wine was not part of Joseph Dhafana’s life growing up.   After graduating from school in 1999, Joseph went to a nearby city to work in the cement business. It was here he met his wife Amelia and Joseph’s journey was destined to be on a road unlike the path that has eventually landed him the in spotlight of the world of wine.

As of 2008 the economy of Zimbabwe was in dire crisis with food shortages, mass unemployment and hyperinflation. According to Joseph “the economy of Zimbabwe was going south”. In 2009, the couple decided to flee Zimbabwe and make the courageous, but illegal, journey to South Africa. Unspeakable heat and dangerous conditions marked the journey, but the couple made it across the border.

After time spent in a refugee camp, and eventually being granted asylum, they spent two weeks living on the streets of Johannesburg before on the behest of a cousin, making their way to Cape Town.

Joseph’s path was forever changed and the first steps on his journey in the wine world about to be taken. The story of Joseph and his Zimbabwean teammates Marlvin Gwese, Tinashe Nyamudoka and Pardon Taguzu, have been captured in the award-winning (winner of Audience Award at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival) documentary Blind Ambition; the story of the Olympian-like commitment of four men with little wine history competing on the wine world stage.–ASI

More about Joseph and his story may be found at the links below:

Joseph Dhafana | ROAR AFRICA

The story of Blind Ambition |

About Music City Harvest Party

This year, Music City Harvest Party brings together vintners and guests in a casual, outdoor event on one of Nashville’s highest peaks at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. This celebration of wine and those who make it begins with a wine-tasting reception featuring 8 wineries, followed by a harvest buffet alfresco, live music, bourbon and whiskey tastings.

Featured wines for the evening will include an international selection of wines from Planeta, Andeval Wines, Phifer Pavitt, Two Hands, Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Craggy Range, Concha y Toro and Mosi Wines!

The Late Harvest Party begins after dinner, featuring bourbon and whiskey tastings, live music and more wine tastings. In addition, at this time the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy telescope stargazing with astrophysicist William Teets, the director at the Observatory. These small group stargazing tours begin at 8:00 pm and run through the end of the evening, ending at 11:00 pm.

“We are excited to host our fall event, the Music City Harvest Party,” says Loren Chumley, President/CEO of the Nashville Wine Auction. “The fun outdoor event will feature wines from all over the world.  In addition, we will have live music and dancing at the Late Party.  The Nashville Wine Auction’s goal is to continue to attract people who are enthusiastic to learn more about great wines while supporting many local cancer-related charities.”

The Nashville Wine Auction is the country’s longest-running charity wine auction and has raised more than $36 million dollars over the years to support local cancer-related nonprofit organizations.

Music City Harvest Party Highlights:
Location: Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Dr, Brentwood, TN 37027

Attire: Dress for a casual outdoor celebration of the harvest, “Nashville style.” Boots are welcome and encouraged. We don’t care what you wear, as long as you bring your generous spirit with you!

Transportation:  Self-parking is available; ride service is recommended.

Music City Harvest Party begins at 6:00 pm with a walk around wine tasting featuring wines from Planeta, Andeval Wines, Phifer Pavitt, Two Hands, Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Craggy Range, Concha y Toro and Mosi Wines.

Harvest Dinner Alfresco from 7:00-8:00 pm: Buffet-style dinner will be served. In true Nashville Wine Auction style, guests are encouraged to bring their own wine for dinner.

Late Harvest Party begins at 8:00 pm-11:00 pm: The wine tasting with our featured vintners continues in addition to:

-Whiskey and Bourbon tastings from Leiper’s Fork Distillery, O.H. Ingram, Red Line, Davidson Reserve and Corsair Distillery!
-Telescope Star Gazing with an Astrophysicist
-Live music and dancing
-Late-night snacks

The Nashville Wine Auction is proud to have the following sponsors for this event: Amy & Brannan Atkinson Giving Fund, Clinical Solutions Pharmacy, The Wilson Group, Sinkers Beverages, Liberty Mutual, and C3 Bank.