As an undercurrent of excitement builds amongst foremost wine trade and media from across the globe, one can’t be surprised to learn that 2018 is a CapeWine year and this year promises to set the tone for the world of wine to take note of how far the South African wine industry has come.
Taking place over three days from 12 to 14 September at the Cape Town International Convention Center and with over 350 South African wine producers showcasing their finest in vinous delights, buyers, importers, sommeliers, retailers and restauranteurs from all four corners of the earth are booking their flights to join South Africa’s premier showcasing of wines.
Siobhan Thompson, Wines of South Africa (WoSA) CEO says, “We saw a distinct buzz around the South African pavilion at ProWein for the past two years as interest has grown in the category and we have no doubt that this will follow through to CapeWine, positioning it as a priority show to visit for anyone who has a vested interest in South African wine.”
“With several 90+ ratings by a range of critics and by winning top accolades in a range of international competitions, we have cemented ourselves as producers of top quality wines. There’s no better way to experience as many of these wines than by visiting CapeWine.”
“We aim to showcase what we’ve become famous for and this feeds in to our theme: \Hannuwa\, the 200 000 year old Khoi-San word which describes the holistic connection between our people, our land and our soils”, continues Thompson.
Visitors to the event will be able to attend a range of hour-long seminars that focus on a range of subjects, from discussions around old vines to climate change and the ageability of South African white wines as well as a look at how the young winemakers are learning from their parents and vice-versa in Young Guns – Reloaded.
The opening seminar sees speakers including Jackson Family Vineyards President, who also own local brand, Capensis, Rick Tigner; philanthropist and owner of Fairview and Spice Route wineries, Charles Back; venture capitalist and co-owner of Black Elephant Vintners, Raymond Ndlovu; Wines of South Africa non-Executive Chair, Carina Gous and Managing Director for DHL Express who is also the headline sponsor for the event, John Lucas.
In addition to the seminars, guests can attend shorter, more informal half-hour sessions in the Amorim Speaker’s Corner where a range of entertaining and insigthtful tastings will be hosted. For a full list of Seminars and Speaker’s Corner sessions, please visit www.capewine2018.com.
For those wanting to explore the Theme Tasting area in their own time, this self-pouring section will be run in two sessions on each of the three days. In the mornings from 10:00 to 13:00 visitors can taste their way through a range of wines that best represent 12 varietals that are grown in South Africa. For the afternoon session, starting at 14:00 until 17:00 (16:00 on the last day), there will be six themed tables, ranging from award-winning wines to unusual varietals, sweet and fortified wines, on-trend Rosé and Cape blends. The Amorim Bubbly Bar will also be situated in this area and guests can taste through a top selection of South African Méthode Cap Classiques throughout the day.
In terms of exhibitors to the show, organisers WoSA have seen an increased amount of grouped stands. Whether it is that wine regions have positioned themselves together like Swartland, the Elgin Valley, Breedekloof and Hemel and Aarde to name a few, not forgetting the new grouping that sees Durbanville and Constantia under the new Wine of Origin Cape Town appelation. Add to that the innovative collaborations such as PIWOSA, Zoo Cru and Treasure Chest.
Partnering with JF Hillebrand visitors should ensure they visit the JF Hillebrand Stakeholders area to speak to representatives from a range of industry organisations including the VinPro Foundation, WIETA, Pebbles Project, WWF, IPW, the Anna Foundation and the Pinotage Youth Development Agency.
With all of this and so much more to look forward to at CapeWine 2018, Wines of South Africa would like to extend a heartfelt invite to wine trade and media and industry stakeholders to join us for this fabulous 3-day affair. To register your attendance and for more information on all of the CapeWine activities, please visit www.capewine2018.com.
For those of you who are traveling from afar, WoSA has secured favourable rates at a range of hotels that are situated close to the CTICC thanks to accommodation partners, iCommodate. These rates are also accessible from the CapeWine website. l
Experience the true meaning of \Hannuwa\ at CapeWine 2018!