Nine of South Africa’s top wine and food tourism providers were named honourees in the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards at the close of this year’s Wine and Food Tourism Conference near Stellenbosch on September 18. They were presented with their trophies by Blacky Komani, chairperson of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa ().
The honourees are:
- Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch
- Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch
- Leeu Collection, Franschhoek
The Authentic South African Experience
- Grootbos Nature Reserve, Gansbaai, Overberg
- La Motte, Franschhoek
- Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, Cradock, Karoo
- Creation Wines, Hemel en Aarde, Overberg
- Fryer’s Cove, Doringbaai, West Coast
- Spice Route Destination, Paarl
The judges were:
- Horst Frehse, tourism and hospitality consultant
- Gwynneth Matthews, conference specialist
- André Morgenthal, wine marketing and communication consultant
The Authentic South African Experience
- Judy Brower, Wine.co.za founder and owner
- Janet Pillai, hospitality entrepreneur
- Su Birch, wine marketing specialist
South Africa’s Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West has been voted the top winery on the African continent. (Image above: illustration).
Vergelegen placed 34 overall in the prestigious World’s Best Vineyard 2019 competition, where a global voting panel analysed 1,500 wineries from 17 producing countries. Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been announced first.
“We are absolutely delighted by this award,” Vergelegen CEO Don Tooth said. “The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion.”
The intense search of for South Africa’s most talented sommelier started to select the top professional who will represent the nation at the 2019 Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) Best Sommelier championships in Belgium. The winner will receive the title of Moët & Chandon Best Sommelier South Africa 2018.
A sommelier is a wine specialist in a range of operations from wine and food pairing, wine serving to being the ultimate wine guide.
The South African Sommelier Association (SASA) is looking for a person to meet the criteria of an exception skill, knowledge and experience. The most required qualities are sophistication and audacity.
The competition intends to search for new talents and support creativity in local communities.
The winner will receive a sponsored place in the ASI Best Sommelier of the World championships in Belgium in 2019 along with a voyage to visit the Moët & Chandon Maison in France.
They’re not yet rationing pinotage in South Africa exactly, but the country’s 3,000-plus grape growers certainly can feel some of the pain of a drought that has pushed nearby Cape Town into a state of emergency. The 2018 harvest, now under way, is projected to be significantly smaller because of depleted groundwaters and precariously low dam levels that have choked irrigation supplies, writes Beppi Crosariol for Globe Life and Style.
In the quality regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland, “we’re looking at a diminished crop of probably 20 per cent – much smaller berries, much smaller bunches,” Marc Kent, winemaker and managing shareholder of Boekenhoutskloof, told Crosariol over the phone. In the worst-hit areas, he added, the number could be closer to 40%. And that’s on top of two already light crops since the rains began tapering off seriously in 2015.
Kent says the situation has exacerbated years of pain for many growers, who have been grappling with sharply rising labour, utility and other costs. “It hasn’t been too exciting in terms of the returns [on investment],” he said. “It’s already been under pressure for economic reasons. Now, coupled with the drought, it’s difficult.”
African and marine species likely to gain critical international treaty protections with overwhelming support.
Lions, leopards, giraffes, chimpanzees, sharks and other key species have received overwhelming support for critical international treaty level protections at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, this year’s largest and most important conservation meeting.
African migratory species as well as marine wildlife have experienced dramatic declines in recent years. The Convention will now be able to facilitate the development of international conservation strategies, offer greater financial and institutional support, and increase exchange of best practices among the countries where these animals live. These listings are a culmination of years of joint effort by Humane Society International and partner organisations.
“This has been a tremendously exciting meeting. Several mammal species facing major threats in the wild will be benefiting and Humane Society International is thrilled to be a part of it. We are pleased with the decision to list the lion, leopard, giraffe and chimpanzee as among the animals to gain these new protections. The listings signal that the international community is poised for strong, concerted action to protect them” – said Masha Kalinina, international trade policy specialist for HSI.