Vindaba – South Africa

“My culture, your culture… Our culture!” Whilst the chirpy African drummer drumming the djembe frantically, chanting the catchy motto repeatedly and leading us through the vineyard; VINDABA, the inaugural 2012 South African wine tourism show is officially launched. We are a large contingent of 50 odd international travel, food and wine writers and buyers that had been invited to the Welcoming Lunch at Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch to kick off this special event. Vindaba, which marks a new spirit of collaboration amongst tourism bodies, it is South Africa’s first specialist wine tourism exhibition intended as a launching pad to position South Africa on the world map of wine tourism and also as one of the world’s top 20 travel destinations by 2020. But the question for my fellow Australians, how much do you know about South African wine? Finding South African wine in Australia is almost like looking for a needle in the haystack. We Australians are spoilt for choice with good delicious local wines, so is totally logical and understandable why do we need to consider drinking wine from elsewhere other than local wines. I have to admit I have never tried any South African wines until this recent trip, my knowledge about them is zero to none. But that’s okay, the two wine writers on the same media trip are actually also on the same boat, we are all here at Vindaba to learn and explore South African wine together. But first thing first, let’s get back to our Welcoming lunch! Spier Wine Estate – Stellenbosch Stellenbosch is, in the mind of many, the finest wine area in South Africa. With a list...