THE hotel metropolis of Victoria Falls is pursuing a new tourism trend by encouraging hoteliers and operators to adopt wine tourism.
A few days ago, thirteen wine tasters from distinctive tourism gamers across u. S. Took component in the wine tasting pageant called ‘Zimbabwe Sommelier Cup Qualifier’ at Victoria Falls Hotel.
The event was in training for the grand wine tasting competition organized by using Wines of South Africa (WoS) in Cape Town, South Africa, in September.
Initially, 22 competitors had registered for the competition, with 13 handlings to take part.
Wine is a pull component in many destinations, with key tourism markets figuring out food and wine as deciding factors in selecting a holiday vacation spot.
Tourism experts agree with travelers choose holiday destinations based totally on the type and availability of wine as one of the figuring out factors as wine is one of the state-of-the-art drinks well prominent using vacationers.
Mutare-based totally Takura Makadzange emerged the winner after shrugging off a near contest from Sikhangele Ndlovu and Maxene Chigidi of Victoria Falls. WoS Zimbabwean agent Ms. Kuda Hove said wine became a key pull aspect in tourism.
“The event became well attended, and we can have training in October. Victoria Falls already attracts heaps of visitors on its own, and the delivered gain of getting a world magnificence choice of wine lists in addition to Sommeliers Cup is in all likelihood to draw extra visitors to this destination inside the way of wine tourism,” she said.
“Wine is referred to as a sophisticated beverage and in tourism that creates numerous travel options. Tourists are extra than satisfied to have wine protected in their itinerary or to go to a wine place,” she said.
Participants were normally from around Victoria Falls.
The three winners will represent u. S. A. In South Africa.
The participants went through an examination, blind tasting contest, and inviting guests, among other sports.
This worried tasting wine at the same time as blindfolded after identifying its kind and logo, color, the intensity of aroma, aroma traits, palate, flavor characteristics, vintage-like, and production and naming the grape(s) variety used within the wine.
Preliminary rounds in character nations will end in August, even as the very last to be held in Cape Town will take vicinity from 19–26 September. Country representatives can be hosted in South Africa and excursion the Winelands.
They will go to several of Cape Town’s most prestigious wineries for wine tasting, wherein they’ll blend and mingle with several of South Africa’s first-rate wine tasters. South Africa is not taking part for fairness inside the opposition, given that it miles domestic to the pleasant wines.
WoS represents more than 500 wine manufacturers in South Africa who export approximately 20 million liters into the world.
Traditional markets consist of the UK, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, United States, Canada, China, Japan, and a few African countries.
Victoria Falls hosted the first-ever wine pageant final year while it turned into found out that Zimbabwe imports approximately 1,5 million liters of wine annually from SA.