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WINE TOURISM: Rust En Vrede Wins Top Global Award


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Leading authorities on wine tourism from around the world have announced Rust en Vrede Estate of Stellenbosch as its Best Of Wine Tourism Awards’ overall global winner for South Africa for 2010. The winners were announced at the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s gala awards ceremony in Bordeaux, attended by tourism specialists, dignitaries and producers from wine-growing regions in Europe, North America, Latin America, South Africa and New Zealand.

Selected for the excellence of its restaurant that is run by chef David Higgs, Rust en Vrede is a first-time winner of the annual Best Of Wine Tourism Awards. The winery, owned by Jean Engelbrecht, was recently in the limelight when its winemaker, Coenie Snyman was judged this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year. 

As one of the global network’s international winners, Rust en Vrede  joins the company of such luminaries as Bordeaux’s Château Pape Clément, owned by Bernard Magrez; Weingut Hemmes, owned by Frank Hemmes in Germany’s Bingen-Kempten; La Sosta del Gusto near Florence; Bodegas Muga, one of the first wineries to open in Spain’s renowned Rioja region and situated in the Obarenes Mountains on a series of terraced plots; Quinta do Seixo, on the left bank of Portugal’s Douro River; Clos Pegase of Calistoga in the Napa Valley and the luxurious Algodon Wine Estates at the base of the Andes Mountains, Argentina, also declared the current best in their respective countries.

In addition to Cape Town/Cape Winelands, the other members of the network are Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal) and San Francisco-Napa (United States).  New Zealand’s Christchurch was inducted as the newest member and will compete in the awards from next year.

South Africa’s local category winners this time were:

·         Rust en Vrede, South African winner of the regional Restaurant category

·         Vergelegen, twice judged South Africa’s overall winner in the past, took first place in the Arts & Culture category

·         Cloof of Darling which was judged to provide the best offering in terms of Sustainable Wine Tourism practices, for its eco-friendly initiatives and festivals and entertainment attracting a broad spectrum of visitors

·         Robertson Wine Valley which won in the Innovative Wine Tourism Experience category for its four annual festivals that have served to build the profile and elevate the status of the region

·         Waterford Estate, also of Stellenbosch and a previous overall winner, which was lauded for the excellence of its service and won the Wine Tourism Services category

·         The Devon Valley Hotel outside Stellenbosch which won the Accommodation category, not only for the quality of its hospitality but for promoting the range of wine tourism offerings in the area, also a previous winner in the same category, and

·         Grande Provence Estate in Franschhoek which won the Architectural category.


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