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Solms-Delta named top wine tourism destination - 4 Oct 2011 - Wine

Solms-Delta named top wine tourism destination 04 October 2011  by Solms-Delta Farm wins Cape Winelands' first Mayoral Tourism Award. Solms-Delta wine estate, 15 km outside Franschhoek in the Western Cape Winelands, has been named Top Wine Tourism Destination in the region’s inaugural District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.

The Tourism Awards initiative is planned to be an annual event at which the Winelands' tourism industry leaders will be recognised for the value that their entrepreneurial efforts contribute to the region. Announced this week, the awards were hosted by Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands Region, Cornelius De Bruyn.

Solms-Delta's top award was in one of five Best of the Year categories that included Tourism Entity, Local Tourism Association, Sustainable Tourism Destination, and Best New Tourism Business.

Solms-Delta wine estate is widely known for its innovative, prizewinning wines, modern Cape cuisine in the beautiful Fyndraai Restaurant, its picnics, wine tours and tastings, an annual harvest festival, a superbly curated slave-heritage museum, and year-round entertainment.

The farm was also acknowledged last year in the annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which celebrate and profile philanthropists making a difference in South Africa by taking responsibility for South Africa’s social development.

Mark Solms and Richard Astor received the Inyathelo Award for Community Philanthropy in recognition of the equity and profit-sharing initiative which revolutionized the quality of life of their farmworkers. The establishment of the Wijn de Caab Trust as a 33% stakeholder in the wine farm has facilitated a vast number of socially transformative programmes, including improved housing, educational opportunities for the children and healthcare.

Executive Mayor De Bruyn said that given the challenges that faced the tourism industry in general, not only in the Cape Winelands, it had been decided to stage the District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards on an annual basis. 'Every company nominated this year, even those that did not make the final list, is a winner. Each one of them brought something unique to the table, something that ensures it continues to operate even during these tough economic times. They create jobs, provide training and generally bring economic vibrancy to the Cape Winelands. I am very honoured to lead this region', he said.