* The City of Cape Town is spending R3 million on the soccer match between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria for the Africa Confederation (AfCon) Cup qualifier at the Cape Town Stadium on 10 September. One wonders what benefit this would have for the tourism industry. In the past the soccer matches with international teams have not benefited our city and its tourism industry when former Councillor and Tourism Mayoral Committee member Grant Pascoe used this as his main strategy to try and boost tourism! (received via Twitter and Kfm)
* UK wine writer Jancis Robinson praises Franschhoek as a gourmet and tourism town, but writes that there are few wineries. She describes it as a place ‘where the swallows make their own wine‘! She highlights Boekenhoutskloof as the best known and Chamonix as the most consistently performing wineries in the village. She generally praises Franschhoek’s terroir as being ideally suited to Sémillon, and particularly winemaker Gottfried Mocke’s Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon blend, the 2012 vintage in particular.
* Tourism booking cancellations have led Cape Town Tourism to issue a statement about Ebola:‘Cape Town Tourism would like to remind would-be visitors that there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in South Africa during the recent outbreak. In addition, no cases of Ebola have been reported in our neighbouring countries either. Nevertheless, our borders and airports are being closely monitored. Thermal detection equipment is being used to scan for people who have fevers. Should a case materialise our immigration staff and medical teams are well-equipped to manage the disease instantly and responsibly. In terms of distance and technological capability we are no more at risk than a country in Europe, for instance’.
* The Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival will take place at the Beacon Island Hotel on 4 and 5 October, showcasing its MCCs, Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs. Cost R250.
* Opulent Living‘s 10th Jubilee edition coffee table magazine will be distributed at 153 South African embassy offices worldwide. (received via media release from Opulent Living)
* The Cape Winemakers Guild pre-tasting showcase, held on Thursday evening at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, gave a taste of the quality of 61 wines of the eminent 45 winemaker members. A silent auction was held, to raise further funds for the transformation of the wine industry. The wines will be auctioned at the 30th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, to be held at Spier on 4 October. (received via media release from GC Communications)
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage