Wine and Food Tourism Conference 2019

The Wine and Food Tourism Conference was held on Wed 18th Sept at Spier again this year.

The speakers were powerful and insightful with plenty of creative ideas:  from high-tech from Dave Duarte, Judith Lewis, Miles Kubheka (Vuyo Wors) and Katlego Flocart Dithlokwe to low-tech with the very passionate restaurauteur Fortunato Mazzone from the famous Forti Restaurant in Gauteng, whose passionate message was very much about being hands-on, knowing your customer and giving them something special, which I must say seems to be something people forget!

This was also the first year that the conference introduced their Wine & Food Tourism Awards which were hotly contested

There were 3 categories and 3 honorees were awarded in each category:

Service Excellence:

  • Waterford
  • Delaire Graff
  • Leeu Collection

Authentic South African Wine & Food Experience:

  • Grootbos
  • Die Tuishuisie (Cradock)
  • La Motte


  • Creation Wines
  • Fryer's Cove
  • Spice Route

Well done to Margi Biggs and her team - a great inspiring and thought-provoking day it was.