Yesterday saw the Great Wine Capitals of The World's 2013 Best of Wine Tourism awards for South Africa being presented to the various winners at a prestigious ceremony at La Motte Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
At the event was Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Gerrit van Rensburg, the Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Alderman Neels de Bruyn and various other passionate supporters of Wine Tourism in South Africa.
Internationally acknowledged wine critic, Robert Joseph also addressed an audience consisting of wine estates, tourism offices and media - all engaging in and supporting wine tourism in South Africa in one way or another. He emphasised the importance of adding to the cellar door experience and being consumer focused - catering for specific needs and offering a point of difference.
After a day of sharing and celebrating, I am sure that everyone involved in South African Wine Tourism, is once again enthused about the role this industry can play in the economy and social development of the Western Cape.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Gerrit van Rensburg (left) and Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Alderman Neels de Bruyn (right) with myself and my wife Hanneli receiving the award for La Motte, the Overall South African Winner in the 2013 Best of Wine Tourism Awards.