By Michael Effiong Photos: Segun Lawal
Capetown, the scenic and picturesque city in South Africa that some usually call the Wine Country was filled with so much visitors, business executives and journalists at the capeWine2018.
Hosted by Wines Of South Africa (WOSA), CapeWine2018 was as fun-filled as it was intellectually-stimulating and the four day event witnessed the gathering of an assortment of people from 66 countries across the globe.
Held at the Capetown International Conference Centre this year’s theme was Hannuwa , is Khoi-san word that describes the harmony between man and the land and encapsulated the South African wine industry’s pledge to farming sustainability.
According to WOSA CEO, Siobhan Thompson who spoke at the opening seminar titled “Creating a sustainable future’, she was extremely proud that the industry decided to discuss the effects of the industry on the environment and also map out strategies for future growth.
Noting that the quality of South African Wines and its acceptance around the world have hit an all time high, she added “Our winemakers stand tall among their international counterparts with wines that have a real sense of place, have elegance and finesse that reflect real South African identity.”
The opening Seminar had such speakers as Rick Tigner, President/CEO Jackson Family Farm, Andrew Milne, CEO, Spier, Raymond Ndlovu, Co-Founder and Owner, Artisanal Premium Wine Company, Black Elephant Vintners, Carina Gus, WOSA, non-Executive Director, John Lucas, Managing Director, DHL Express South Africa.
Other events included celebrating a decade in a bottle, showcasing the maturity of pinotage as wel as Sensational Sixties which brought to fore premium wines from the 60s and 70s.
It was an eye-opening experience that witnessed exhibition and wine-tasting events as well as parties where guests savoured and enjoyed assorted wines :Chenin , Pinotage, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Shiraz, pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay etc.