Food, Glorious Food Triumphs at Klink Awars while public award De Grendal twice
Fourth annual wine tourism competition reveals who engaged the public the most in 2015
Cape Town, 19th November, 2015: The Western Cape is renowned for its good food as much as its wine, and is why so many wineries offer a gourmet restaurant on their grounds. This year, in South Africa’s only wine tourism competition judged entirely by the public, the 2015 Klink Awards – in association with Wesgro – it was the region’s quality food that received top honours. This is both in terms of the best performing category and overall Supanova winner; a first for the Awards in its four years.
- Winning category: The Gourmet: It awards the best cellar-door restaurant that is set in a great location, offers first class service, focuses on artisanal foods, has a sommelier service and wine list with older vintages, own wines and other regional wines. It was a clear front-runner this year and received 1512 of the total votes. The Yin and Yang category – the best food and wine pairing – came second with 960 votes.
- Overall Supanova winner: The Restaurant at De Grendel – the winner out of five nominees in the Gourmet category – received 634 votes. Its nearest competitor for overall votes was The Franschhoek Tram which received 585.
This year, 11 373 unique votes were cast by the public (one per person per category) during Klink’s voting season between 11th September and 13th November 2015, and on which the winners are based. Follows a breakdown of the 17 category’s performance, while their respective winners are available on the WTSA Blog and Klink Awards.
Monika Elias, Klink Awards founder says, “Incredible food adds to the memory of visiting a winery as it is emotive and sensory. Today’s consumer wants to share what they love about the wineries on social media and among their friends. All of Klink’s nominees this year interacted with their fans during the voting period, yet it was De Grendel who really engaged them and which ultimately lead to its success.”
Judy Lain, Chief Marketing Officer at Wesgro agrees that food makes a significant impression on visitors to a region. “Food tourism is in a growth phase globally and the World Food Travel Association estimates that it generates an economic impact of $150bn annually. As such, we’ve identified Food and Wine Tourism as a strategic priority in the 2015-2019 implementation plan. Klink’s 2015 winners support these efforts and put interesting, unusual, five-star and unique food and food experiences on the map in the Western Cape.”
De Villiers Graaff from De Grendel had this to say of his win, “It is such an honour to be in the Gourmet category alongside such fantastic restaurants which we hugely respect and who we would like to congratulate. It’s incredible that the public decides this vote and demonstrates that we provide a full dining experience in the Winelands that people are looking for, and enjoying. On top of that to be named Klink’s Supanova is unbelievable! We are humbled that we have received the top honour of this competition.”
About: The 2015 Klink Awards, in association with Wesgro, honours the very best in South African wine tourism. From the greenest estate, coolest festival, to the hippest haute cuisine, The Klink Awards celebrates it all. Launched in 2012 by Wine Tourism South Africa – marketers and publishers of the must-have online travel guide The Wine Tourism Handbook – it invites local wine lovers, foodies and intrepid travellers to vote for their favourite things to do in the Western Cape Winelands. It works by sharing 77 nominees chosen by a panel of independent industry experts with the public online, through Facebook and Twitter; then they vote for their favourite 17. On 19th November, winners will be revealed at The Klink Awards gala evening attended by industry guests.
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