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Tersina Shieh   March 2015
Discover South African Wine Festival April
Having visited South Africa nearly ten times and helped at two vintages in Paarl and Stellenbosch, I always think South African wine is underrated especially in this part of the world. 
So Iparticularly excited that Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has decided to run an annual, month-long, market wide campaign in Hong Kong each April, following the success of the ‘Celebrating South Africas 20 years of democracy tasting last year.

South Africa's wine industry has evolved over the past two decades. Investment in vineyards and wineries and the overseas experience of young winemakers combined with the country's 350 years of winemaking history and diversity of climate and geography have led to significant improvements in wine quality. Chenin Blanc is no longer the mediocre off-dry wine of old but instead ranges from light and refreshing to serious with ageing potential. While Stellenbosch is still the centre of excellence, renowned for its classic Bordeaux styles, exciting new regions are offering the consumer more variety, such as Pinot Noir from cool climate Elgin, Rhone style wines from passionate Swartland, and award-winning Pinotage from breakaway Wellington

Let’s explore South African wine here in Hong Kong. See for yourself the diversity of the country’s wine.

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Discover South Africa Festival
Mango Tree

TASTE over 180 South African wines ranging from classic South African grape varieties to international favourites.

SAMPLE classic South African food like boerewors (sausage) and biltong (dried cured meat). 

WATCH cooking demonstrations by renowned visiting South African chef Allistaire Lawrence.

DISCOVER the spectacular South African landscape, which is as diverse as its wine, through professional tour operators.

BRING your friends and family. Soak up the South African atmosphere while enjoying a sweeping view of Victoria Harbour.

SHARE with us why you like South African wine and win a Hong Kong – Cape Town economy round trip ticket sponsored by South African Airways.

Date: 11th April (Saturday), 2:00-9:00pm

Venue: 28/F Rooftop Garden, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

Price: HK$180/person including free wine and food tasting

Tickets: T: 2839 3328,, or buy online 

South African flair at The Park Lane
The Park Lane partners with WOSA

Luc Bollen, Regional Director and General Manager of The Park Lane, is a firm believer in South African gastronomy. He also believes the similarities in the characteristics of South African wine and the Pullman brand lend themselves to a perfect synergy. He said, "South African wine has over 350 years of history yet it is also viewed as New World because of its vibrant and dynamic image. Likewise Pullman, the parent group of The Park Lane, has an equally rich background that was reborn only seven years ago as a dynamic and contemporary brand. South African wines fit perfectly into the Pullman attitude of ‘Work Hard - Play Hard’."

  Park Lane
Discover 'The Old' and 'The New' workshop and tasting (trade only)

An interactive workshop followed by a walk-around tasting featuring 55 award-winning wineries and over 180 wines.

Date: 10th April (Friday)

Venue: 28/F The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel

Workshop: 1:00-3:00pm. Limited seats. Reserve here

Tasting: 3:00-6:00pm. Register here

  SA Festival
Chef Week at the RIVA and The Deck

Discover the sensation of South African gastronomy prepared by renowned Chef Allistaire Lawrence paired with equally fine South African wines from 10th to 16th April.

More information here

Reservations/enquiries: 2839 3327 

Wine buffet at George & Co

Sample up to 10 South African wines of different grape varieties from Stellenbosch to Swartland. You will be surprised by what you discover!

More information here. Reservations/enquiries: 2839 3377

Wine of the Month at Café One

Explore the great value of South African wine by the glass
 with all-day buffet dining at Café One. 

More information here. Reservations/enquiries: 2839 3311

Other South African wine promotions in town
WOSA market promotion

In addition to The Park Lane, over 40 hotels, restaurants, retailers and online wine clubs have joined the South African Wine Festival. Some of the offers include ‘Taste of the Cape’ at Umami Japanese Garden at Le Meridien Cyperport, ‘Lazy lunch at The Bay' at The Verandah at The Repulse Bay and Wine of the Month and special discounts at selected outlets. 

Refer to the website for full participant list or download from here.

Win a trip to the Cape Winelands
WOSA Competition

Purchase South African wine at any participating outlets during the month of April and you can enter a competition to win a trip to the Cape Winelands. 

The best answer to the question, ‘I like this South African wine because...’ will win a Hong Kong – Cape Town economy round trip ticket, four nights accommodation, and a 2-day tour to the Cape Winelands for one person, sponsored by South African Airways and Panda Safari.

Refer to the website for full list of prizes and how to enter.

Cape Wine 2015
Cape Wine

The once-every-three-year Cape Wine will be held between 15th and 17th September, where international trade visitors and journalists convene in Cape Town for three days to taste South African wines. This is not a not-to-be missed opportunity for buyers and sommeliers to discover the diversity of South African wine. If you plan to attend, please let us know!