This past September we had the pleasure and honor to receive an invitation to travel to South Africa to attend Vindaba 2012, the first trade fair dedicated to Wine Tourism in South Africa.
It coincided with the annual, comprehensive Cape Wine Event and the fairs were located across the hall from each other. From London Heathrow we flew South Africa Airways to Johannesburg then caught another 2 hour flight to lovely Cape Town, where the event was taking place.
Our hosts swept us away for a fun packed wine tasting weekend in the regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington. We then spent 3 days at the Vindaba event followed by more wine touring in Franschhoeck.
There was an eclectic and very interesting mix of wine journalists from around the world (Italy, Hong Kong, USA and India to name a few) bloggers, travel specialists and luxury wine tour operators like ourselves attending, so we had plenty of networking opportunities.
Wonderful winemaker dinners were organized for us, special VIP tours and wine lunches and unique activities like a wine walk through the stunning hills of Wellington, a wine picnic and more.
In the Vindaba hall, apart from exhibitors, there were also various interesting wine tastings taking place with top wine estates shown by grape varietal and theme. I tasted lovely wines from Hermanus Bay, Elgin and other wine regions that I did not have the chance to visit in person on this trip.
We would like to warmly thank the organizers of Vindaba, Rufaro Destination Management, Winchester Mansions and South Africa Tourism for selecting us to attend this important and exclusive wine tourism event!
Check our blog for upcoming articles on the stellar and much recommended South African winelands!
And a special thanks as well to the exhibitors at Vindaba, it was a pleasure meeting you all>
Durbanville Wine Route
Robertson Wine Valley
Elgin Wine Valley
Hermanus Wine Route/Cape Whale Coast- Heaven on earth
Elgin Valley Tourism
Painted Wolf Wines- find these wines, visit them! Supreme favorite…
Wines of South Africa
Paarl Wine Route
Glen Carlou- a must for art lovers, gourmets and bon vivants
Wellington Wine Route
Rhebokskloof- fun place for picnics and their seasonal outdoor concerts
Swartland Wine & Matzikama
Klein Karoo Wine Route
Spier- what a terrific lunch we had here, thank you for the special event!
Solms Delta- feel good initiative, read about it here
Plasir De Merle
Burgundy exchange programme
Ubizo Events & Tours- a dynamic young owner, originally from a township, who organizes educational and meaningful tours of the townships…support him!
Cape Town Tourism
Great Wine Capitals