Winelands of South Africa storm Lagos, July 1

Posted: June 27, 2013 in travel & tourism

South African winesSouth African wine producers will showcase over 336 wines from different regions in the Cape Winelands in Lagos this July to coincide with the Nelson Mandela Day celebrations around the globe.

The event, Wines of South Africa 2nd Grand Tasting will be held at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, Friday, July 19.

Wines will be presented in a walk around tasting targeting trade such as importers, distributors and portfolio managers working in the food and beverage/hospitality industry as well as consumers in the Nigerian market.

Guests will be treated to a taste of Cape Diamond Wines, Remhoogte Wine Estate, Tokara, Napier, Riebeek Cellars, Asara, Laricmal, The Township Winery, Robinson & Sinclair, Food & Wine Factory, MAN Vintners, Kanu Wines and Vinglo Wines.

Others include Bizoe Wines, Sijnn Wines, De Trafford, DGB Wines, Grande Provence Wines, Overhex Wines International, Ses’fikile Wines, Waterford Estate Wines, Pernod Ricard Wines, Uni Wines, Diemersdal Wines, Oldenburg Wines, Lathitha Wines, Cape Dreams Wines and Raka Wines.

The wine routes of South Africa trace not only the history and development of the country’s 350-year-old wine-making tradition, but South Africa’s maturation into a full-bodied, flavourful democracy. The Cape winelands, and beyond, offer a multitude of wine routes to explore, along with brandy routes, wine biodiversity routes, and the world’s longest wine route.

The wine routes of South Africa fall largely within the Western Cape province where the bulk of the country’s wine production takes place. South African wine routes though, do not stop there. Wine lovers can explore as far afield as the Northern Cape, the south eastern Orange Free State, and even the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, in their quest to discover South African wines. Unofficially, South Africa’s northernmost vineyards are in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria in Gauteng.

The majority of wine routes in South Africa fall under the auspices of the Wine of Origin Scheme, an origin control system instituted in 1973 to safeguard the diversity and uniqueness of South African wine. The system is similar to France’s Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, but since South African wine regions are not well known outside the country, wine tourism routes have been created to make navigating South Africa’s diverse winelands easy, fun, and rewarding.

Currently, there are 17 ‘official’ wine routes registered with the South African Wine Routes Forum (SAWRF). A wine route constitutes a geographical wine-growing region and consists of members who belong to an organisation (wine route, trust and/or association) that aims to promote the region and represent producers and various industry bodies.

Additionally, there are regional and special interest routes to visit such as the Cape Route 62 wine route, said to be the longest wine route in the world, the Western Cape Brandy Route, and the Green Mountain Eco Route – the world’s first bio-diverse wine route.

Because each wine producing area lends its own unique character to wine and certain areas are better-suited to producing specific wine types, you’ll want to visit as many wine routes as you can.

Each of South Africa’s wine routes exhibits its own personality, and though they are designed to showcase the region’s best wines and wine-making traditions, there’s nothing stopping wine buffs from creating their own Chardonnay trail, or touring the winelands based on their love of art, history, or extreme sports.

South Africa’s winelands are tops on visitors to-do lists because the wine routes aren’t just for wine lovers. There’s awesome food, culture, health and wellness, wildlife, conservation and plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy.

In early 2012, International Wine Review (IWR) described SA wine tourism, “Wine tourism is better developed in South Africa than any country we know”.

Also, The town of Stellenbosch appears on TripAdvisor’s list, ‘Best Wine Destinations 2012’.

Whether you’re a casual wine drinker, a connoisseur, or a teetotaler, you’ll find what you’re looking for, and more, when you tour the wine routes of South Africa.

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