WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 26 July

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*   Agricultural Tourism is a new opportunity for our country, reports Southern African Tourism Update, offering a learning opportunity for international farmers, according to Margi Biggs, MD at Specialized Tours & Events, Marius Botha, Owner at Guttera Tours, and Eugene Booysen, MD of Cape AgriTours. Farmers from other countries want to learn about new farming products, to network,  and to meet farmers to learn about techniques, to apply in their home countries.  The top source markets for agricultural tours include the UK, Germany, Brazil, France, Austria, India, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, Ukraine, Chile, and the USA.

*   Champagne sales are bubbling in the UK, reports Decanter, almost doubling.   Best sellers include  Dom Perignon 2004, Taittinger 2002 and 2004 and Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2000.

*   South Africa has 14 million internet users, representing 39% of adults, according to research conducted by Digital Media & Marketing Association.

*   Stellar Winery has become a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), designating it as one of the world’s leading ethical wine producers. The wine producer was recently recognized by The Drinks’ Business Green Awards 2013 as Ethical Company of the Year, and is located between Bulshoekdam and Koekenkaap in the West Coast Municipality. The area forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of the Namaqualand.  In addition to six main vegetation types, there is waterfowl, game, birds of prey, dolphins, and a colony of freshwater turtles. (via media release from Stellar Winery).

*   Creation must be one of the most creative wine estates in our country, always adding to their offering, and excellent at communicating what they do.  They have just launched  two new wine and food pairing options to their mix:

a)    Paradoxical Chocolate Pairing  – instead of pairing the chocolate itself with wine, the chocolate elevates the flavours in the wine. Creation has commissioned four specially blended, velvety smooth chocolates to be served with four of its wines.

b)   Non-Alcoholic Flavour Pairing –  partnering with the luxury TWG Tea brand, a tea and canapé pairing is offered. Creation has also developed a vegetarian menu, and a pairing experience suitable for designated drivers, expectant moms, and those who abstain for religious reasons.

*   Mail & Guardian asks an interesting question – if SA Tourism claims high numbers of Chinese tourists, where are they?   They are in Chinese owned shops and Chinese restaurants, it appears!  And we know they may be transit passengers, included in the SA Tourism stats!

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com   Twitter: @WhaleCottage

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