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Cape Town Film industry recovery excellent news, Mission Impossible 8 to be shot in the Mother City!

 

The fact that a large number of film permits have been issued for film productions in Cape Town in the 2021/2022 summer months is excellent news in itself, reflecting the recovery of the Cape Town film industry.

But that Mission Impossible 8 is to be filmed in and around Cape Town (and Durban) next month is even more amazing news for the economy of the Cape, and for its reputation as a film location and tourist destination!

To aid the film industry in the Western Cape, the provincial investment and marketing agency Wesgro will be marketing the Cape as a film production destination at a number of festivals. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 33 of Level,1, 2 November 2021

 

Tuesday 2 November 2021, day 33 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely energetic day that flew by, ending off on the exiting note of #loadshedding 😱; for waking up to the good news that Nicola Jowell remains our Ward 54 Councillor; for getting my writing work done this morning; for a Bakoven walk, able to help lost Russian tourists looking for their accommodation on Victoria Road; for attending a Fedhasa meeting, serving on Fedhasa Cape a number of years ago, driving with my client Martine Wood, GM of newkings boutique hotel, which was held at Groot Constantia, and addressed by Monika Ieul, Chief Marketing Officer of Wesgro, Continue reading →

SA Winners of 2022 Great Wine Capitals Global Network Best of Wine Tourism and Ambassadors Awards announced!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners of the South African leg of the 2022 Great Wine Capitals have just been announced by Wesgro. Two wine estates won in two categories each.

Added to the local Awards are Tourism Ambassador Awards, not an official category in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network annual awards, but added to the South African awards only.

South Africa is one of 11 wine-producing regions of the Great Wine Capitals network. The regions are Adelaide in Australia, Bilbao and Rioja in Spain, Bordeaux in France, Cape Town and Cape Winelands in South Africa, Lausanne in Switzerland, Mainz and Rheinhessen in Germany, Mendoza in Argentina, Porto in Portugal, San Francisco and Napa Valley in the USA, Valparaiso and Casablanca Valley in Chile, and Verona in Italy.  Awards are presented annually in a number of categories pertaining to Best of Wine Tourism.

The 2022 winners of the South African Great Wine Capitals Global Network Best of Wine Tourism Awards are the following:

#   Accommodation: Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch – the accommodation offers opulence, views of the Banhoek Valley, a relaxing stay, a private patio, and a pillow menu.

#.  Wine Tourism Restaurants : Creation in Hermanus  – wine is paired to food, instead of the other way around at Creation, its latest pairing being a Canapé Pairing Menu. It also offers a Brunch Pairing, a Wine and Chocolate Pairing as well as an aromatic tea and food pairing.

#.  Architecture & Landscape: Vergelegen in Somerset West – recognised for its Octagonal Garden, the Camphor Forest, the Reflection Garden, the Sundial Garden, and the Fynbos Garden.

#.  Arts & Culture : La Motte in Franschhoek – recognised for its history and curated art shows, and Cape Dutch architecture.

#   Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences : Babylonstoren in Franschhoek – recognised for its wine tasting offered to visitors arriving with the Franschhoek Wine Tram, going on a cellar tour, and visit the new wine tunnel, representing centuries of wine making and storage.

#.  Wine Tourism Services : Creation in Hermanus – recognised for their Voormanhuis accommodation, local art, commitment to sustainability, and sourcing locally.

#   Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices : Vergelegen in Somerset West – recognised for the 20 year journey of its commitment to sustainability and rehabilitation, presented as an Environmental Tour to visitors. It is self-sufficient in water, and the meat and seafood used in its restaurants are locally sourced and ethically raised.

#   Ambassador Awards, celebrating ongoing Transformation:  AA Badenhorst, Paardenkloof Estate, and Dewetshof Estate.

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide

 

 

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9 of Level 4, 6 July 2021

 

Tuesday 6 July 2021, Day 9 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another beautiful sunny day, the spirits much better today, especially after a call from Stuart Bailey; for a hardworking day, cross-eyed from all the writing; for a contractor coming to quote on an extension of the handrail on my side of the building, having begged Sandak-Lewin for over a year to get it done 😱; for a lunchtime walk to Bakoven, managing to catch a fabulous wave; for a wonderful late afternoon walk, bumping into Sherryl living nearby, sharing experiences of apartment party noise; for a beautiful sunset this evening; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →