Klink Wine Tourism Awards win­ners named

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING -

THE KLINK Wine Tourism Awards were an­nounced this week, where win­ners in 15 cat­e­gories, hav­ing been nom­i­nated ear­lier this year, were recog­nised for ex­cel­lence. Amost 15 000 vot­ers sub­mit­ted their choices online. Fo­cus­ing on cel­lars which of­fer a gen­uine wel­come and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence, Del­heim, Mu­ratie, Wel­tevrede, Over­gaauw and Harten­berg were in the run­ning, and Del­heim was the wor­thy win­ner.

Among other cat­e­gory win­ners are Long Ta­ble at Haskell ( for ca­sual din­ing) Robert­son Wacky Wine Weekend (best wine route event), Seg­way at Spier ( most un­usual wine farm at­trac­tion) and Grand Dedale at Dool­hof (best wine farm ac­com­mo­da­tion). The Restau­rant at Waterk­loof took the award for best gourmet restau­rant and Van Lov­eren for best food and wine pair­ing. The Spice Route is cel­e­brat­ing its award as over­all Su­panova win­ner, along with that of new at­trac­tions.

The Klink awards, which hon­our the best in all spheres of wine tourism, are the brain­child of Monika Elias who also pub­lishes the travel guide The Wine Tourism Hand­book. This is avail­able in print copies and as an e-book.

● Good news for con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions is al­ways wel­come, par­tic­u­larly at a time when we read that an ele­phant is be­ing killed ev­ery 15 min­utes in Africa and our rhino pop­u­la­tion is be­ing sim­i­larly dec­i­mated. The Wilder­ness Foun­da­tion runs an ar­ray of en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tional projects aimed at pro­tect­ing li­ons in the wild, rhi­nos, sharks, ele­phants and leop­ards on the con­ti­nent.

From this month they will ben­e­fit to the tune of R3 from the sale of ev­ery bot­tle of wine in Gra­ham Beck’s The Game Re­serve range. The lat­ter con­sists of nine wines, each ded­i­cated to one of the in­dige­nous species found on the farm’s own pri­vate na­ture re­serve. The wines are of con­sis­tently good qual­ity and are rea­son­ably priced, mak­ing a pleas­ing op­tion for shop­pers look­ing for fes­tive gifts that also ben­e­fit our wildlife.

WARM, WEL­COM­ING CEL­LAR: Del­heim won this cat­e­gory in the 2013 Klink Wine Tourism Awards.

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