CAPE TOWN FETES ITS 2011 'BEST OF' WINE TOURISM AWARD WINNERS

Cape Town has announced the winners of its 2011 'Best Of' Wine Tourism awards, led by Steenburg Vineyards, winner in the national Architecture, Parks & Gardens and Wine Tourism Services categories.
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At the conclusion of the 2010 AGM of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, Steenburg was declared the winner of the international ‘Best Of’ award for Wine Tourism Services.

Steenburg

Photo: Steenburg Vineyards

Accommodation Winner: Delaire Graff Estate

Tel: +27 21 885 8160
Fax: +27 21 885 1270
Hellshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa
www.delaire.co.za

Situated on the highest crest of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, linking Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the estate has one of the leading boutique hotels in this illustrious vineyard region. The estate is a premier winery, restaurant and hotel destination. Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa offers world class accommodation, superior service, top of the range products and phenomenal art work. The lodges are perfectly situated to take maximum advantage of the views over the local hills and vineyards.

Architecture, Parks & Gardens Winner: Steenberg Vineyards

Tel: +27 21 713 2211
Fax: +27 21 713 2201
Steenberg Estate, Tokai Road, Constantia 7945, South Africa
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

Steenburg

Steenberg Vineyards is one of the oldest farms in the historic Constantia Valley, having been established in 1682. The property comprises Winery, Wine Tasting and Cellar Door Sales, Restaurant (Bistro 1682), and Steenberg Hotel. The property clings to the slopes of Steenberg, part of the Table Mountain range, and within the footprint of the Cape Floral Kingdom – a world heritage site. We offer a selection of wine tastings and Food Pairings at Cellar Door, and Breakfast, Lunch and Tapas at Bistro 1682.

Art and Culture Winner: Grande Provence Heritage Estate

Tel: +27 21 876 8600
Fax: +27 21 876 8601
Main Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
www.grandeprovence.co.za

Located in the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by lush vineyards and rugged mountains, Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 300 year history with dignity and is home to award winning wine, superb cuisine, fine art and 5 star accommodation. The Gallery is a leading location for contemporary South African art. Closely linked to The Gallery at Grande Provence, The Shop provides opportunity to purchase works by artists and crafts people all-year-round.

Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences Winner: Warwick Estate & Gourmet Picnics

Tel: +27 21 884 4410
Fax: +27 21 884 4025
www.warwickwine.com
R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts, 7607, South Africa

As a family owned winery, Warwick focuses on a wholesome family-friendly day out with a host of wine related experiences with acknowledged excellence in customer service. Taking the Big Five Wine Safari™ through the vineyards, having a tasting/cellar tour with educated and knowledgeable staff or sampling Gourmet Picnics™ with ingredients that are sourced locally and packaging that is environmentally friendly – guests will come away enriched by the experience.

Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices Winner: Waverley Hills

Tel: +27 23 231 0002
Fax: +27 23 231 0004
www.waverleyhills.co.za
Off the R46 between Tulbagh and Ceres, Wolseley, South Africa

Waverley Hills offers a unique and organic experience where one can learn more about organic farming and the natural fauna and flora that surrounds the Estate. It is the first organic wine producer to achieve the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champion status. The fynbos nursery brings the Cape Floral Kingdom to your doorstep; explore these beautiful plants on hiking or biking trails and enjoy organic wine and olive products in the tasting room.

Wine Tourism Restaurant Winner: Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Tel: +27 21 881 3757
Fax: +27 21 881 3000
www.rustenvrede.com
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7607, South Africa

Located in the foodie-destination of Stellenbosch, Rust en Vrede Restaurant is set in what was once the barrel cellar, now a National Monument. The kitchen is in full view of the dining room, creating a relaxed but exciting atmosphere. Boasting 4 and 6 course menus and an extensive wine list, the restaurant delivers a true food and wine experience perfected by chef David Higgs and Sommelier Neil Grant. Rust en Vrede is the only estate that has been voted in Top 100 wines and Top 100 restaurants in the world.

Wine Tourism Services Winner: Steenberg Vineyards

Tel: +27 21 713 2211
Fax: +27 21 713 2201
Steenberg Estate, Tokai Road, Constantia 7945, South Africa
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za

Steenberg Vineyards is one of the oldest farms in the historic Constantia Valley (1682) and comprises the Winery, Wine Tasting & Cellar Door Sales, Restaurant and 5 star Hotel. Beside the obvious appeal of the wines, food, architecture and décor, visitors are often elated by the pleasant disposition and knowledge of the tasting room staff. Cellar tours, terroir walks, tank or barrel tastings with the winemaker, food and wine pairing options -a myriad of activities to create a spectacular experience.

About Great Wine Capitals Global Network
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of nine internationally renowned wine regions - Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Christchurch-South Island, New Zealand; Florence, Italy; Mainz-Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao-Rioja, Spain and San Francisco-Napa Valley, USA. The international Best Of Wine Tourism awards serve as an industry benchmark for excellence and recognize leading wineries and wine-tourism related businesses within each Great Wine Capital that have distinguished themselves in areas such as innovation, service and sustainable practices. For more information visit www.greatwinecapitals.com.