Stellenbosch - Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, committed to sustainable wine-growing and winemaking, has been judged South Africa's winner of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
It joins seven other wineries across the globe, announced as the best in their respective countries at an awards ceremony in Mendoza, Argentina, on Sunday night.
The GWC is a network of some of the world’s leading wine-producing areas, created to share and promote international best practice in wine tourism, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry.
South Africa is represented on the GWC network by the Cape Town-Cape Winelands chapter. Other members are Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa (United States), Mendoza (Argentina), Valparaiso-Casablanca and (Chile).
Waterford, a 120 hectare property on the slopes of the Helderberg, took top place in the competition's sustainable wine tourism and the wine tourism service categories.
It is co-owned by IT magnate Jeremy Ord and winemaker Kevin Arnold.
Babylonstoren, situated in the Drakenstein Valley between Paarl and Franschhoek, came second. It won both the accommodation and architecture and landscape categories.
Newcomer Cavalli won the arts and culture category, while Waterkloof won the category for best wine tourism restaurant and KWV won for innovative wine tourism experiences.
Speaking on behalf of the local GWC chapter, André Morgenthal said the Best of Wine Tourism Awards had over the years become an important incentive for wine producers to develop world-class connoisseur experiences for visitors.
GWC results for the Cape Town/Winelands: