* Wine writer and taster Tim Atkin has released his Tim Atkin 2015 South Africa Special Report, describing our country as the ‘most dynamic and exciting winemaking country in the New World‘! He lauds our winemaking industry for its ‘diverse terroirs, old vines and pure winemaking talent’. He writes that it has ‘never been so intoxicating to taste and drink the wines of the Cape‘! For the first time he has saluted our top winemakers (Eben Sadie and Morné Vrey) and wines (Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Sadie Family Columella 2013, Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012, and Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2009). The report costs R300. (received via media release from Waterford Communications)
*. Attempts by the Department of Tourism to encourage locals to travel in South Africa, for which campaign it allocated R100 million, appear to be unsuccessful, with 41 % of locals stating in a survey that they cannot afford local holidays, an increase on the year before. The Department aims to increase the proportion of Domestic Tourism from 57% to 60% by 2020. A surprise is to read that the DA Tourism Shadow Minister James Vos proposes a two tier rate for tourism products, to make travel more affordable for locals!
* CNN has written about ‘10 up-and-coming wine regions‘ around the world, stating that ‘not all the world’s best wine regions have yet been discovered‘. The Swartland is included in the list, described as ‘a source of dynamic wine’, and its success is attributed to the work of the Swartland Independent Producers and its annual Swartland Revolution. A visit to Sadie Family Winery is recommended.
* The Paul Cluver Summer Concert Series takes to the stage in its Forest Amphitheatre from 14 November, with Freshlyground opening the Season. Other performers during the Season include The Parlotones, Nataniël, Karen Zoid, Francois Van Coke, and Chester Missing with Conrad Koch. Don Giovanni will be performed and ‘Moulin Rouge‘ will be screened during the Season too. Proceeds go to The Thembalitsha Foundation. Entry costs R250. (received via media release from Rabbit in a Hat Communications)
* Shimmy Beach Club is hosting a Beach Market for families on Heritage Day, with stalls selling South African products. Its Chef will prepare local dishes such as boerewors rolls, crayfish, pancakes, and more. Entrance to the Beach Market on 24 September is free. (received via media release from One-eyed Jack)