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Info e viaggi Sud Africa Italia; News and travel South Africa Italy

kwazulunatal1.jpg   Tra le pieghe delle olimpiadi, dello spread e di tutto quanto di pesante attanaglia l’opinione pubblica nazionale, quello in corso è uno scorcio d’estate interessante per la percezione del Sudafrica in Italia. I grandi media nazionali si ritrovano spesso in questi giorni a dare spazio alle gesta degli atleti sudafricani a Londra, con Repubblica che ha scritto dei “Giochi dai tabù infranti” riferendosi alla scelta di Caster Sementya come portabandiera, alla prima volta di Pistorius tra i normo(super)-dotati, ai canottieri multicolori capaci di vincere l’oro nel 4 senza, a LeClos che beffa Phelps…e magari non è ancora finita.

Il goodlooking del Sudafrica in Italia non è solo frutto di gesta olimpiche. C’è Panorama che su uno dei suoi blog indica il paese come la seconda meta ideale per espatriare (dietro il Costarica). E c’è Shoreline , un suggestivo ’spot’ da 50 minuti a puntata che sta andando in onda una volta alla settimana su Rai5, portandoci alla scoperta della costa sudafricana. Meno appariscente, ma probabilmente significativa anche la scelta di un marchio come Max Mara di intensificare la sua attenzione per il mercato sudafricano, entrando a far parte del club di aziende della Camera di commercio italosudafricana.

Lo ’scatto’ in avanti più rilevante però, l’ha sicuramente fatto Fieramilano. Il più importante ente fieristico nazionale ha siglato un preliminare per l’acquisizione dei 2/3 del capitale di Cape Gourmet, società fieristica sudafricana nota soprattutto per la gestione del principale evento itinerante di settore, il  Good Food & Wine Show . Per Fieramilano non si tratta certo del primo ingresso in capitali di realtà espositive estere, ma il passo in Sudafrica è significativo. E chissà che non preluda, questo sì, a gustose iniziative tra i due paesi.

(nella foto Southafrica.net: pescatore a Saint Lucia, Kwazulu Natal)

The italian Alberto Bottega received the gold medal: “I studied nuclear physics and now I put my knowledge into wines”
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wines-from-southern-stellenbosch-in-south-africa-represented-by-father-and-son-team-alberto-and-roberto-bottega-ridotta.jpg A real nuclear bomb of taste the Idiom Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc 2006, just awarded the South African Red Bordeaux Varietal Trophy for the over £10 category at the 2010 DecanterWorld Wine Awards. So Italy and South Africa together in climbing the world’s best wines. In fact the gold medal for the best Bordeaux blend of South Africa has been won by an Italian: Alberto Bottega (here in the picture with his son Roberto Bottega), proprietor of Da Capo Vineyards in the Helderberg. Out of all the gold medal winners from South Africa, his wine was also awarded the Decanter Regional trophy. And the same wine on Thursday just received the much acclaimed Trophy from Wine-of-the-Month club (www.wineofthemonth.co.za), South Africa’s biggest wine society, as the best Bordeaux of 2010 at their annual awards ceremony attended by all the winemakers in the Cape. Two years ago, the previous vintage, the 2005, won the trophy for the club’s best wine of 2008. A very big success: an award translates into sales to the Wine-of-the-Month Club’s many different sub-clubs. The Bordeaux 2006 has been distributed to the Platinum and Reserve Clubs within the Wine-of-the-Month Club and will be featured in Good Taste Magazine, the print magazine of Wine of the Month Club.

Alberto, 67 years old, was born in Friuli, Casarsa della Delizia, and emigrated with his family to Cape Town in 1950, when he was 8 years old. He studied physics and then worked in business, finance and banking. But now his science and experience is put into wines: «My dream was to produce the best wines of the world. This award, in some ways, is a fulfillment of this desire of the job I’m doing with passion in these last years» says Alberto, also winner in 2004 of other important wine awards. The Regional Trophy was presented at an awards function on last 1 September at the Royal Opera House in London where his wine 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc was judged: «It is perhaps a bit fresher and better balanced than the previous vintages. I think the higher Cabernet Franc percentage is doing the trick». To receive more information about the farm: www.bottegafamilywine.co.za. For more information about the wines and Idiom’s offerings, also for members of theItalian Chamber, or to find out how to become members of Club Idiom, please email wine@idiom.co.za or check www.idiom.co.za

Time to taste wine in Soweto

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While the city of Florence in Italy is willing to hold its first big event, the “Wine town” at the end of september, Southafrica is pointing at Soweto to celebrate the national wine industry. During the first weekend of next month, there’ll take place the Soweto Wine festival, with approximately 6500 visitors expected over the 3 days, and 800 wines to taste from around South Africa. According to Kaja Fm, the festival celebrates 11 empowerment wineries that will be exhibiting namely Lathitha Wines, Ses’fikile, Libby’s Pride Wines, M’hudi Wines, Seven Sisters, Remogo Wines, Thandi Wines, Blouvlei, Fair Hills, Tukulu and Jacob’s Quest. It looks interesting to take part a the taste theatre, a classroom-style lecture theatre where people like Ntsiki Biyela - South Africa’s first black woman winemaker from Stellekaya Wines, Erick Sikhosane - the Cape Sommelier at the Hyatt Hotel and Citrum Khumalo will share their passion for wine and food with visitors.

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  • First black SA female winemaker

    SA wine industry is a war-machine, thanks to the 400 million liters export per year. Until a few years ago, it was an all-white army. But now the wall has broke, and this year the “winemaker of the year” title has gone to a black woman. Her name is Ntsiki Biyela, born in Kwazulu Natal but worrking in Stellenbosch, where she started the wine-studies six years ago, thanks to a scholarship. (more…)

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  • Byela, prima donna del vino

    byela.jpgL’industria vinicola sudafricana è una macchina da guerra, se è vero che esporta 400 milioni di litri all’anno. Ma questo esercito, fino a poco tempo fa, aveva solo capitani bianchi. Da qualche tempo il fronte si è rotto, e quest’anno per la prima volta a guadagnarsi il titolo di enologa dell’anno è stata una donna di colore. Si chiama Ntsiki Biyela, è originaria del Kwazulu Natal, ma è a Stellenbosch che sei anni fa ha scoperto il mondo del vino sfruttando una borsa di studio. (more…)

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  • SA Wines at “Vinitaly”

    The begin of April are usually “Wine days” in Italy. In Verona, northeast of the country, it takes place the Vinitaly, the most important fair about wine and co. (more…)

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  • Cinque piccoli africani al Vinitaly

    In Italia, da tradizione, questi sono i giorni del vino. Meglio: sono i giorni del Vinitaly, la fiera nazionale di settore di cui gran parte dei partecipanti parlano sempre peggio, ma che ogni anno ripete il boom di visitatori. (more…)

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