We celebrated all things South Africa in April – from Freedom Day (which commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held in 1994) to an exploration of South African viniculture and cuisine at the annual Discover South Africa event on 20 April 2017.
With a winemaking history spanning more than three-and-a-half centuries, the rainbow nation’s rich multicultural heritage has always been reflected in the quality and range of its wines. South African wines embrace both Old World tradition and New World innovation and feature Dutch, French, German and Italian influences. Event-goers at Discover South Africa had the opportunity to explore and sample this diversity in South African wine, with a selection of more than 240 wines from over 50 wineries.
South African wines are also known for their food compatibility, which event-goers were able to experience first-hand given the range of traditional South African tapas and snacks on offer, such as sosaties (meat skewers), boerewors (farmers' sausage), biltong (dried, cured meat) and ystervarkies (small sponge cakes coated in chocolate and grated coconut, aka lamingtons).
A wide range of restaurants and retailers also joined in the celebration of South African wines throughout the month of April, offering special discounts and tastings:
Backyard (Tsuen Wan); Bocadito (Central); Boomshack (Central); Bungalow (Central); Café Renaissance (Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Wanchai); Cuisine Cuisine ifc (Central); DiVino (Central); DiVino Patio (Wanchai); Dynasty (Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Wanchai); Hebe Haven Yacht Club (Sai Kung); Hoi King Heen (InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, TST East); La Vin (Central); Le Bistro Winebeast (Wanchai); Medusa Hong Kong (Central); Mirage Bar & Restaurant (Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Wanchai); Mr & Mrs Fox (Quarry Bay); Nanhai No 1 (TST); Open Oyster (TST); Ovolo Southside (Wong Chuk Hang); Seansin Seafood Hotpot Experts (Causeway Bay and Jordan); Son Tung Kee Restaurant (TST); Spasso (TST East); Thai Farm Restaurant (Kowloon City ); The Chop House (TST); The French Window (Central); The Hong Kong Jockey Club (racecourses and clubhouses); The Stoep (Lantau); Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wanchai and TST); Zuma (Central)
Participating Retailers and Online Shops
Aeon (Kornhill, Tuen Mun); Angliss (Kwai Chung); Apita (Taikoo Shing); Boutique Wines (Ap Lei Chau); Brix (TST, Sheung Wan, Tai Hang); Centre de Vin (Kwun Tong); Chayse & Brayden Cellar (Prince Edward); Classic & Fusion (San Po Kong); Jebsen Fine Wines; Kee Heung Wine Cellar (Ngau Tai Kok); Market Place by Jasons; Mini Store Co (Sai Wan); Oliver's the Delicatessen (Central); Piago (Kowloon Bay); Pluto Ltd (Happy Valley); Schmidt Vinothek (Happy Valley, Quarry Bay); Sun Fung Wine Cellar (Tai Kok Tsui); The Tramline Liquor Co (Kennedy Town); UNY (Lok Fu); Vino1855 (Sai Wan Ho); Wai Yo Trading Co (Sham Shui Po); Watson's Wine (featuring PIWOSA wine tastings); Wine Moments; wine'n'things
Stay tuned for next April's campaign here!