By Michael Effiong Photos: Segun Lawal
It was fun all the way at the 6th Edition of the Wines Of South Africa (WOSA) Grand Tasting event held at the Prestigious Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Grand Tasting which showcased the diversity, innovation and the uniqueness of South African wines attracted connoisseurs, captains of industry, consumers, distributors and wine producers and was also graced by South Africa’s First Lady, H.E. Bongi-Ngema Zuma and South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. L. L. Mnguni.
According to Matome Mbatha, Market Manager Africa, Wines of South Africa, the Grand Tasting event is geared towards ultimately creating Ambassadors for South African wines.
He noted that South Africa is currently the world’s seventh largest wine producer, and have more fair trade wineries than any other country.
In her speech, Mrs. Zuma expressed joy at the continued patronage of South African wines by Nigerians, noting that intra-African trade was one of the best ways of improving the economic fortunes of the continent.
She stated that in the past decade there’s been a renaissance in the wine industry, with new plantings, new knowledge and a new generation of enthusiastic wine makers, which means that South Africans are constantly improving in order to appeal to consumers with different taste.
As soft music was wafting in the background, guests were tasting wines, having bites of canpes and chocolates as well as networking. Indeed, it was a truly entertaining evening.
The very next day, the Grand Tasting show moved to Accra, Ghana, and the venue this time was the 5-star, Movenpick Ambassador Hotel.
Again, the event planners, Jon Williams put up a colourful show.