Wine & Food Tourism Awards

There will be up to three honourees in each category: Innovation; Service Excellence and The Authentic South African Experience. They will each have the rights to include the Wine & Food Tourism Awards logo on all marketing material for the following year.

Individuals or teams who have been named as honorees three years in a row will receive membership to the elite “Wine & Food Tourism Honorees Club”. Thereafter they will not be eligible to enter for the same award again.

The Judging Process

The nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Thereafter awards will be announced during the conference. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into thereafter.

How to Nominate

Obtain permission from the person being nominated. You may also self nominate. To nominate simply choose a nomination form in the awards category section below. Note: You may submit as many nominations as you wish in any of the categories. For each nomination, you will need to submit a form.
No late nominations will be accepted and full payment is to be made on submission of nominations, and a copy of the proof of payment emailed to

Administration cost per entry

R600 plus VAT

Banking Details

Standard Bank
Acc No: 070607575
Branch Code: 024109
Please use the reference: w&ftawards (and your name)

Please note that should judges incur costs while experiencing your services while judging at your establishment, these costs will be billed back to the applicant with invoices from your establishment.

Award Categories


This award recognises outstanding and original innovation in concepts, products or services that make valuable contribution, offer unique experiences, and boost food and/or wine tourism in South Africa.

Service Excellence

This award rewards those individuals or teams in South Africa’s food and wine industry who excel in service, consistently providing memorable customer experiences.

The Authentic South African Experience

This award acknowledges original initiatives that create authentic South African experiences in which individuals can fully immerse themselves, and at the same time promote our cultural heritage through food and wine.



Meet the Judges


Jean-Pierre Rossouw

Jean-Pierre Rossouw is the Publisher of Platter’s South African Wine Guide and Rossouw’s Restaurants online, both by Diners Club – as well as the fun-loving title Everything You Wanted to Know About Wine but Were Too Afraid to Ask. Platter’s Wine Guide is the leading authority on South African wine, now approaching its 40th year, and always an international best-seller. Jean-Pierre is only its third publisher and is taking it into new markets, also through…



Mac Mabidilala

Mac Mabidilala is an emerging market strategic marketing specialist, having worked in 12 African countries for a number of multinational corporations. His passions and interests include brand building and…


Steve Massey

Steve Massey is a veteran of over 40 years in Marketing and Advertising. After working in Cape Town, London, New York and Dusseldorf for some of the world’s leading Advertising Agencies, Steve settled back…


Sheryl Ozinsky

Sheryl Ozinsky has been involved in making things happen in Cape Town for a very long time. She headed up Cape Town Tourism for six years and helped to establish the City as one of the worlds favourite tourism…



Horst Frehse

Horst W Frehse is one of the most beloved hoteliers in South Africa. He has led many of the country’s most successful hospitality establishments and has held positions at Grande Roche Hotel, Singita Game


Gwynneth Matthews

Gwynneth Matthews is the founding member of Southern Cross Conferences, a 100% black-owned emerging conference management company based in Cape Town. She has managed many international …


Andre Morgenthal

André studied philosophy, languages and drama at the University of Stellenbosch in the early 90s.Towards the end of his studies, André started a wine tourism business, offering specialised wine tours to dis…



Su Birch

Su Birch has a distinguished track record in marketing and advertising and held the position of CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) from 2000 until the end of 2013 when she resigned to start her own ma…


Judy Brower

Judy and her husband Kevin Kidson co-founded the extensive South African Wine portal, in 1996 after a 15 year career in IT and Data Warehousing. In 2004, she partnered with award-win…


Janet Pillai

Janet Pillai is the CEO and Founder of Multilayer Trade Corporation, (MLT Corp) a company that offers a seamless vehicle hire, shuttle and accommodation solution from inception to completion in the public…