Photos: Segun Lawal
Wines of South Africa, a group of leading South African Wine Makers have onced again wowed wine connoisseurs, wine sellers, buyers and distributors as it held its annual grand wine tasting event in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Held at the prestigious Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event saw exhibition by many wine brands that demonstrated the depth and variety of the South African Wine industry. The winemakers and their teams also showcased arresting bottle and packaging designs as well as assorted products that titillated the taste buds of guests.
Siobhan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Wines of South Africa in her welcome address stated that the event was to create a convivial ambience for Nigerians to interact with South African Wines, their makers and distributors. She noted that the Grand tasting event was returning to Lagos because it has become a major hub for wine consumers.
She also used the opportinity to invite guests to CapeWine 2018, reputed as the biggest gathering of Wine enthusiasts in the world and scheduled for Sptember 12-14 in Cape Town. The event which has DHL as main sponsor usually attracts the best and the brightest collection of wine lovers, makers and media from accross the globe.
Marketing Manager, WOSA, Mr Matome Mbatha in his own speech stated that unlike last year, WOSA has brought a whole new set of wine makers and distributors to the event. He noted that WOSA ‘s aim is to form a strong partnership with the Nigerian Wine consumers with a view of increasing market share.
The event which had Bill Bedzrah as compere was lively, as ligh music wafted from the PA System while guests enjoyed assorted canapes and engaged in light conversation and networking.
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is a fully inclusive body, representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 producers on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters.
It is constituted as a not-for-profit company and is totally independent of any producer or wholesaling company. It is also independent of any government department, although it is recognised by government as an Export Council.