Wine & Food Tourism Awards

There will be up to three honourees in each category: INNOVATION; AUTHENTIC SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE and WWF CONSERVATION LEADER. 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.


Only properties, persons, teams or projects that fall within an existing official wine route area, as defined by Wines Of South Africa (WoSA) are eligible to enter. All properties, entries and projects are judged on excellence and merit, not size of business.

The Judging Process

The nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts. In every case, nominations will be solicited from the public. All entries will assessed by the judging panels. Kindly provide extensive and detailed information to enable the judges to arrive at a reliable shortlist. The 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, closing date is 31st July 2020. Full payment is to be made on submission of nominations, and a copy of the proof of payment emailed to

Administration cost per entry

R750 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 is postponed to 2021 as it cannot be accurately judged due to COVID-19 limitations.
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.

WWF Conservation Leaders

This new award, sponsored by WWF-SA, celebrates those wineries that consistently minimise their environmental footprint in all aspects of their operations, from vineyard management and wine production, to tourism offerings.



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…


Belinda Lamprecht

Belinda is a Luxury Travel Manager with expertise in Food & Wine and other specialist group travel, including art, sport, and adventure tourism. Born and raised in Bloemfontein, she completed her …



Nancy Richards

Nancy Richards is an independent journalist with a good few years’ experience on radio and in print. As a radio presenter, areas of specialisation included shows on literature, the environment and ‘women’s issues’.


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…


Darryl Earl David

David is a man of many hats – the only Indian lecturer of Afrikaans in SA; Founder of Book Town Richmond in the Karoo; pioneer of BookBedonnerd Book Festival, the Midlands Literary Festival in Howick and…



Pearl Oliver

Lauded Assistant Resort Sommelier at five-star One & Only hotel in Cape Town, Pearl is well recognized for driving a passion for wine in the hospitality industry.


Maryna Calow

Maryna Calow is the Communications Manager at Wines of South Africa (WoSA), the official international marketing body for the South African wine industry…


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…



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…


Glen Christie

I believe that this brief resume is indicative of my diverse interests, varied life experiences, endless curiosity and interest in people. I am passionate about all things South African, including wine, the people…


Ricardo Roux

Ricardo commenced his diverse career in tourism and hospitality at the Grande Roche in Paarl as a Commis de Rang (waiter runner) and while at the Grande Roche completed his…