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Nine S.African top wine awarded

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:

Service Excellence

  • 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

Innovation

  • Creation Wines, Hemel en Aarde, Overberg
  • Fryer’s Cove, Doringbaai, West Coast
  • Spice Route Destination, Paarl

The judges were:

Service Excellence

  • 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

Innovation

  • Steve Massey, marketing thought leader
  • Mac Mabidilala, marketing specialist
  • Sheryl Ozinsky, co-founder of the Oranjezicht City Farm and tourism specialist.Drawn from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, the Overberg, the West Coast and the Karoo to include a mix of well-established favourites and hidden gems, they were chosen for having created outstanding and positively memorable tourist experiences that were an inspiration to others in the industry.

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South Africa humble harvest but high quality wine

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.”

Rustenberg Chardonnay a gem of Stellenbosch

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies the house style.

A traditionally made, barrel fermented Chardonnay, the Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay is a combination of complexing factors from the vineyard, wild yeast and careful barrel age, aiming for balance and expression in each vintage.