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Overwhelming majority of Wine Industry on board for Cape Wine 2012

Cape Wine 2012

Cape Wine, hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), is back after four years with a significant commitment from producers keen to showcase the major advances in local winemaking to the international trade fraternity of wine buyers, restaurateurs, sommeliers and media. The three-day trade exhibition, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from September 25 to 27, has already drawn strong support from two-thirds of the country’s winemakers, including the major corporates, independents and artisanal producers who have confirmed their participation. According to WOSA CEO Su Birch delegates will be coming from across Europe, the UK, North America, as well as Africa, Latin America, Hong Kong, China and                  

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SA has best developed Wine Tourism!

Great Wine Capitals

  “Wine tourism is better developed in South Africa than any country we know,” writes The International Wine Review in its latest report on South African wine, part of which it devoted to its wine tourism. The editor, Don Winkler, and publisher, Mike Potashnik, both from the US, visited the Winelands in December last year to evaluate the country’s top premium and ultra-premium wines and at the same time evaluated its wine tourism. The web-based International Wine Review is widely rated as one of the world’s most influential opinion formers on wine. Winkler and Potashnik write that “while the country is located far from most foreign wine lovers, it offers huge rewards to those who visit its                  

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2 SA women listed among world’s top wine personalities

Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa

  Two South African women have been shortlisted on a leading international research company's line-up of the world's most influential figures in wine over the last decade. British-based Wine Intelligence has included Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa, and Lynne Sherriff MW, who chairs the Institute of Masters of Wine, based in London, in its list of 30 top wine figures. Others on the list include prominent names such as Robert Parker, behind Wine Advocate; Wine Library blogger Gary Vaynerchuck, John Casella of Casella Wines, famous French winemaker Michel Rolland, Miguel Torres of prominent Spanish company Bodegas Miguel Torres, and Eduardo Guilisasti, of Chilean company Vina Concha y Toro. The judges felt                  

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Cape Town innovates in the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism awards.

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    WhatsUpCapeTown was privileged to join the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism tour over the weekend, and experience, literally, the best of the winelands, while also being part of an innovative new approach to raising awareness of the initiative by blogging and tweeting about it. The tour is the brainchild of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and the Great Wine Capitals Global Network (GWCGN) which is a network of nine major cities around the world which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions. Cape Town joins Bilbao-Rioja, Bordeaux, Christchurch - South Island, Florence, Mainz, Mendoza, Porto, and San Francisco - Napa Valley. Wines of South Africa represents the                  

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      New Government backing for South African wine tourism, Cape Town’s selection as the top city in the Travelers’ Choice Destination by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, and the inclusion of three Cape restaurants on the 2011 S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants list were all great news for local wineries, said industry spokesperson André Morgenthal. Announcing the opening of the new Best Of Wine Tourism Awards made by the Great Wine Capitals global network, he said there was a new mood of optimism among local wineries. “Producers are enormously encouraged that wine tourism has just been identified by national Government as a big plus in the