Klink Wine Tourism Awards
When it comes to quaffing wine, sampling delicious food and seeking out new experiences, who better to ask than the people who go out there and try everything?
That’s why Wine Tourism South Africa is celebrating its sixth year of the Klink Awards – the first-of-its-kind accolades campaign that’s driven by you, the visitor.
Klink is about far more than wine, by nominating and voting during the campaign you show your support to your favourite wine farm, winelands restaurant and activity. Our innovative categories are designed to highlight the unusual, the traditional, the exceptional and everything in between.
To illustrate what we’re looking for, a few of last year’s winners included Waterford Wine Estate, which won the ‘Connoisseur’ award for the best vintage tasting experience, Le Pommier Wine Estate was awarded ‘Country Comfort’ for offering self-catering accommodation that promises a relaxed and comfortable stay and Van Loveren received the ‘Tracks and Trails’ award for their MTB experience.
The Supernova award, which recognises the wine estate that received the most consumer votes, went to De Grendel.
The driving force behind the Klink Awards, Monika Elias believes that South Africa offers wine fans, both local and international, the experience of a lifetime. She’s a publisher, marketer and wine enthusiast, whose passion for the wine industry led her to publish the quintessential Wine Tourism Handbook, now in its 11 edition.
What are you waiting for? By participating in the multi-platform digitally-driven Klink Awards campaign, you’ll find out what’s hot and happening through 10 weeks of fun and engaging wine farm communication, aimed at growing your love for your favourite brands, which you can share with your friends. Oh…And there are also awesome prizes up for grabs. Sign up for the Klink newsletter today.
2015 Klink Wine Tourism Awards Winners
SUPERNOVAAward for the Klink nominee with the most Consumer Votes – Best Performing category
This Klink category goes to the winery with the most consumer engagement, and gained the most votes as a result of their efforts. We applaud their innovation, energy and dedication to bringing every consumer closer to their winery. This is a place where the warmest welcome awaits...
Winner: DE GRENDEL WINES
BEYOND EXPECTATIONSAward for Great Food and Excellent Wine
Situated between our Klink awards for casual country cuisine and fine dining, this award is for a Winelands restaurant in the middle category that serves seriously good food and excellent wine, attracting foodies by raising the bar and presenting local garden and Winelands produce with passion and contemporary culinary style.
Winner: LUST BISTRO AND BAKERY (VREDE EN LUST)
COMFORT ZONEAward for Casual Dining on a Wine Farm
This award goes to the best casual dining or café-style venue in the Cape Winelands. The best venue combines quality fare, setting and service without all the frills of silver service. We look for venues that source local, artisanal farm produce and showcase good food and wine in an informal, relaxed style while also offering value-for-money on own wines and wines served by the glass.
Winner: TOWERBOSCH EARTH KITCHEN (KNORHOEK WINE FARM)
CONNOISSEURAward for Best Cellar Tasting Experience
This award goes to the cellar that offers the best vintage wine-tasting experience. Criteria include the welcome and wine knowledge of staff, the use of the correct wine glasses, the condition of wine samples, the range of vintage wine releases available, the availability of vertical flights of flagship wines and the range of unique wines available at cellar-door only.
Winner: WATERFORD ESTATE
COUNTRY COMFORTAward for Accommodation on a Wine Farm
The winner of this category offers self-catering and guesthouse accommodation on a wine farm that promises a relaxed and comfortable stay. The winning venue will capture the romance of a wine farm getaway and offer the facilities of home, but the luxury of going away.
Winner: LE POMMIER WINE ESTATE
CROWD PLEASERAward for Best Wine Route Event
This award goes to the most popular wine route event on the annual Winelands calendar - an event that draws repeat visitors year after year, helps to build a regional wine brand and market a specific wine route destination.
Winner: SEASON OF SAUVIGNON – DURBANVILLE
DELICIOUS DELIAward for Best Deli on a Wine Farm
These days, cellar-door delis sell all manner of goodies: estate olives and olive oils, artisanal breads, cheeses and charcuterie, boutique chocolates and nougat, organic vegetables, farm honey, jams, pickles and picnic baskets. This award recognises the top cellar-door deli, one that tempts wine tourists with an authentic range of traditional and contemporary Winelands produce grown on the farm or sourced locally from artisanal producers.
Winner: LANZERAC WINE ESTATE
FAMILY DAY OUTAward for Best Child-Friendly Venue on a Wine Farm
This award goes to a wine farm where you can take the whole family and the kids are taken care of in a safe environment. There must be something for everyone here. The adults can relax and enjoy their wine experience - while a kids' menu, special kids' activities or a kids’ playground for all ages keeps everyone happy on a day out in the Winelands.
GOURMETAward for Best Gourmet Restaurant at the Cellar Door
This award goes to the best Cape Winelands cellar-door restaurant – a beautifully located global gastronomic destination with a signature chef who focuses on first-class service, local artisanal produce and seasonal tasting and pairing menus, partnered with a sommelier-serviced wine list showcasing older vintages and/or regional wines.
Winner: DE GRENDEL WINES
HAPPY TIMESAward for Most Memorable Wine Route
This award goes to the most popular wine route selected by wine tourists who cherish memories of their experience of a particular wine region because of its ambience, accessibility, scenic beauty, soul, sense of community, family tradition and heritage, warmth, friendliness, culinary offerings, etc. These criteria all go into the memory mix.
Winner: FRANSCHHOEK WINE VALLEY
HERITAGEAward for Welcoming Cellar Door Experience
This award acknowledges a family wine farm that offers the warmest country welcome. One that retains the authenticity of its Cape heritage while investing in a cellar-door experience and goes out of its way to make a visit to the cellar door a special experience - making wine tourists feel they are sharing in the special family heritage of the farm and the Winelands.
Winner: GROOT CONSTANTIA WINE ESTATE
NEW RELEASEAward for the Best New Cellar Door Attraction
The winner of this category has launched a new winery or Winelands experience in the last 12 months. This award is for a new wine farm or a new wine farm offering or experience, such as a restaurant or accommodation, that adds to the full South African wine tourism offering.
Winner: BEAU CONSTANTIA WINE FARM
SPOIL MEAward for Best Accommodation on a Wine Farm
This award goes to the best of the best, from exclusive 5-star hotels to luxury guesthouse, boutique-style accommodation to Cape Manor House accommodation on a wine farm. Criteria include the highest standards in terms of location, style, service, quality and comfort, facilities, and add-on attractions such as a restaurant, spa or outdoor activities.
Winner: JORDAN WINE ESTATE, LUXURY SUITES
TRACKS AND TRAILSAward for Most Memorable Outdoors Experience on a Wine Farm
This award goes to the most memorable outdoors experience that requires wine lovers to expend some energy on a spectacularly scenic vineyard hike, a challenging wine farm bike trail or a spirited wine route horse ride. Each outdoor adventure must also reward the hiker, biker or rider with a wine tasting experience or more.
Winner: VAN LOVEREN MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
TREAD GENTLYAward for Most Green Wine Farm
The wine farm that sets the standard for green, planet-friendly farming practices in terms of sustainable viticulture and wine production, biodiversity and conservation initiatives, as well as organic or biodynamic viticulture, is celebrated with this award.
Winner: WATERKLOOF WINE ESTATE
WILD CARDAward for Most Unusual Attraction on a Wine Route
Celebrating the most unusual and memorable attraction on a wine farm, this award is for a destination that offers a unique selling point attracting wine tourists to the cellar door – from wine and river cruises to vintage motorcar and heritage museums.
Winner: FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM
YIN AND YANGAward for Best Food and Wine Pairing at the Cellar Door
These days cellar doors tempt wine tourists with special food and wine pairings at the cellar tasting centre – from biltong, nuts, dried fruits and wine to cheese, chocolate, and nougat and gourmet canapé tasting platters. We went looking for the best Winelands experiences in the art of food and wine pairing over the tasting counter. Note: this category excludes formal restaurant-pairing menus.
Winner: CREATION WINES
ON THE HOPAward for Best Craft Beer Experience on a Wine Farm
Craft beer made at microbreweries on wine routes is a growing global trend. Winemakers are fermenting cool new beers bottled under quirky labels which boost their portfolio of cellar-door experiences, help attract a broader range of consumers and build their brand. After tasting wine on a hot day out in the Winelands, tourists and winemakers like nothing better than to quench their thirst.
Winner: SIGNAL GUN WINE FARM, DURBANVILLE