* Writing in The Guardian, Fiona Beckett warns against generalising the wine styles of a New World country like South Africa, and not acknowledging that different styles do well in particular regions of our country. So she highlights that Constantia, Darling, and Elgin are synonomous with Sauvignon Blanc; the Hemel-en-Aarde valley with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Stellenbosch with Bordeaux-style red wines; and the Swartland with Chenin Blanc and Syrah. She further highlights Elgin in particular, and its wines Elgin Ridge 282, Paul Cluver Ferricrete Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, and Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay 2012.
* A South African Attractions Management Conference will be held in Cape Town at the Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre at Kirstenbosch on 4 and 5 June, The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company CEO Sabine Lehmann being the driving force for the Conference. Topics include staffing, Seasonality, online ticket sales, Social Media, crisis management, market research, family-friendliness, and customer requirements. The Conference is aimed at the management of Cape Town and the Winelands’ tourist attractions.
* More than 10000 tourism and travel executives are expected to be attending Indaba, Africa’s major tourism expo, which runs in Durban until tomorrow, according to The New Age. The expo is expected to generate R150 million for Durban, which sees the attendance of top tourism players from our country, Africa, and other tourism source countries. The theme of the expo is the 20th anniversary of our country’s democracy.
* La Motte is hosting ‘The Spices and Senses of Shiraz – a tasting of Shiraz‘ by its winemaker Edmund Terblanche on 5 June, at a cost of R120. Local as well as international Shiraz wines will be tasted. A Shiraz-pairing lunch and the tasting costs R415. (received via newsletter from the Franschhoek Wine Valley)
* The Titanic 2 is expected to make its maiden voyage in 2018, crossing on the original route, between Southampton and New York City, its Australian owner has announced.
* The number of visitors to Cape Point grew by 5% in the past year, and the use of its Flying Dutchman funicular by 4% in the same period, reports The New Age. The success is attributed to the social marketing effort over the past two years, with 60000 Facebook fans.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage