* To grow Tourism, our country should focus on attracting tourists in other African countries, and work with other African countries to combat common issues, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom told the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) in Cape Town yesterday. Issues that need a joint approach are easier inter-country travel on the continent, and addressing the spread of Ebola and the perception that Africa is one country, which is infected with the disease.
* Slow Food is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having been founded in Italy to counter the growth in fast food. It celebrates the ‘diversity of food, the richness of our traditions, the connection between what we eat and how it is produced. Since then, Slow Food is the only movement to connect the pleasure of food with social responsibility; fighting for the fundamental right to good, clean and fair food for everyone‘.
* South Africa has overtaken Spain to become the fifth largest seller of wines in the UK. Argentina, Australia and South Africa are the only three of the top 10 wine supply countries showing growth in sales in the UK. South Africa’s wine sales growth has been 5% in volume and 7% in value, to £521 million. It is projected that our country may overtake the USA into 4th position in the next two years. The UK wine, beer and spirit market grew by 1% in the past year, largely driven by an increase in the sale of sparkling wine (up by 13%) and Champagne.
* Nederburg has launched a new 56 Hundred range, consisting of a white Pinot Grigio and a red Pinot Noir, both very popular grape varietals in the targeted UK market. Current Nederburg wine drinkers as well as new wine lovers, who enjoy the new range’s high quality and good value, are the target market. The wine range is named after Philippus Wolvaart, the Nederburg ‘forefather‘, who paid 5600 guilders to buy the farm in Paarl, which he subsequently named Nederburg.
* The Cape Winemakers Guild wines have been sealed with a security foil for the first time, to safeguard the authenticity of every wine which will be auctioned at the 30th Guild Auction at Spier on 4 October. This measure is designed to prevent counterfeiting of the wines, as has been happening in some high-profile instances internationally. Led by David Finlayson of Edgebaston, the Cape Winemakers Guild project was designed to ‘protect the integrity and assurance of quality of the wines sold annually at this event’, he said. The security foil strip has an additional role of communicating the year in which the wine was sold on auction. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* Kleine Zalze excelled at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards, winning Grand Prix for its Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013, as well as a trophy for Best MCC. (received via media release from Manley Communications)