The Klink Awards were held on 19 November to announce the best in wine tourism. In association with Wesgro, The Klink Awards is South Africa's only wine tourism awards where the public votes.
Here are the results:
1. The Crowd Pleaser
- Award 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 on Sauvignon - Durbanville
2. The Happy Times
- Award 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
3. The Wild Card
- Award 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
4. The Family Day Out
- Award 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 safe. 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.
5. The Connoisseur
- Award for Best Vintage Tasting Experience
This award goes to the cellar which offers the best vintage wine tasting experience. Criteria include the welcome and wine knowledge of staff, the use of the correct 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 Wine Estate
6. The Heritage
- Award 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
7. The 'Tread Gently
- Award 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
8. The Delicious Deli
- Award 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
9. The Comfort Zone
- Award for Casual Dining on a Wine Farm
This award goes to the best casual dining or café style venues in the Cape Winelands. The
best venue combines quality fare, setting and service without all the frills of silver service. We were looking for venues that source local, artisanal farm produce and showcase good food and wine in an informal, relaxed style as well as offer value-for-money on own wines and wines served by the glass.
Winner: Towerbosch Earth Kitchen (Knorhoek Wine Farm)
10. The Beyond Expectations
- Award for Great Food and Excellent Wine
Situated between our Klink Awards for casualdining-style, country cuisine and fine dining, this award is for a Winelands restaurant in the mid-price 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
11. The 'Gourmet'
- Award for Best Gourmet Restaurant on a Wine Farm
This award goes to the best of the best cellar-door restaurants in the Cape Winelands - those gastronomic destinations with signature chefs who create cuisine on the cutting edge to attract domestic and foreign wine tourists. We were looking for restaurants which pay great attention to detail in terms of an overall cellar-door experience, have a great location, first class service, a focus on artisanal and local Winelands produce, seasonal menus, tasting menus which expertly pair food and wine, a sommelier service and a wine list which showcases older vintages, own wines and/or regional wines at the cellar door.
Winner: De Grendel Wines
12. The Yin and Yang
- Award 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 Wine
13. The Spoil Me
- Award for Best Luxury Accommodation on a Wine Farm
This award goes to the best of the best, from exclusive five star hotels, luxury guest house,
boutique style accommodation or Cape Manor House 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 or spa.
Winner: Jordan Wine Estate
14. The Country Comfort
- Award for Accommodation on a Wine Farm
The winner of this category offers self-catering 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
15. The New Release Award
– Award for the Best New Cellar Door Attractions
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 offering or experience, a new wine farm, restaurant or accommodation that adds to the full South African wine tourism offering.
Winner: Beau Constantia Wine Farm
16. The Tracks and Trails Award
– Award for Outdoor Vineyard Adventures
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 for their MTB trails
17. On The Hop
– Award 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
–Award For The Klink Nominee with the Most Consumer Votes Winner: De Grendel Wine Estate
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