I recently had the opportunity to join the famous tribe of the well-known “travelling winemakers of the world” for a few weeks when I represented Vrede en Lust in Europe and the United Kingdom. In the emerging social media era hashtags and handles related to travelling, wine enthusiasts, winemakers and even travelling winemakers are becoming more popular and trendy! Following these on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram might take you on a wine journey from a local, small town like Malgas to the most beautiful, well-known sites of Napa Valley.
During August I had the opportunity to meet with some of our importers in different countries, including Birmingham, Belgium and Germany. The aim of my visit was to mainly do trade visits and to present some lovely food and wine pairings to the citizens of the UK and EU.
My first stop was in Birmingham, UK. I conducted a tutored Food and Wine paring at Little Blackwood Restaurant in Moseley, a village known for its cosmopolitan community and vibrant social scene. Brought to you by the award-winning chef, Ben Taylor, Little Blackwood Mosley is his first restaurant back in his hometown. Some of the pairings included the Vrede en Lust Viognier 2016 paired with pan seared Monkfish, Mango and Pineapple salsa, smoked Chili Mayonnaise and Garlic Pak Choi. An amazing gastronomical experience it sure was!!
Thereafter I took the train to London where I had four “touristy” days to explore the sensational London culture and lifestyle. Some of my highlights included the Hop-on-hop-off tours, visiting the Buckingham Palace, a lovely Thames river cruise, the well-known London Eye, the busy Piccadilly Circus, Oxford street and one of my personal favorites, exploring the street food at Camden market.
My next stop was Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Our importer in from Minngoed in Belgium, Frederick, organized a lovely day in Oudenaarde which was referred to as: “Minnegoed Degustatie & Ontedeekingsdag”. In short, this entailed a day for the public to taste South African and Portuguese wines. We had a terrific day with our flagship White, Barrique, turning out to being one of the top Wines for the show. We also did a tasting in one of the most beautiful towns, Ghent, at a wine bar with a great turnout of locals loving the South African wine. I ended my time in Belgium on a high note with some free time to explore the amazing Ghent and its culture!
My final stop was in Germany. I visited Capreo, our importers in Germany. They specialize in importing premium wines of the highest quality from South Africa. I presented a lovely tasting consisting out of our whole range (similar to the range available in the Vrede en Lust Tasting Room in South Africa) for the Capreo team.
My highlight of the trip was to share my intense passion for wines to wine lovers all across the world. Like I always say: “Every moment in life we have the opportunity to choose joy and what better way to choose this joy with a glass (or bottle) of Vrede en Lust!!”
‘Till my next adventure! Cheers!