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​Cape Winelands District Municipality Awards gems of Tourism





The Cape Winelands District Municipality’s (CWDM) Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Helena von Schlicht hosted the Annual Mayoral Tourism Awards on Thursday, 26 September 2018.  The gala event, which is attended by the contestants, Local Tourism Associations (LTA’s) and other interested parties is one of the highlights in the Mayor’s calendar.

“The passion for our district and its people are exhibited by these contestants, from a special project that has already resulted in an international career to an opportunity to re-introduce a cheetah into the wild or attend a world famous cheese festival or ride at high speeds down a mountain on your bike, here in the Cape Winelands District, we have it all!” Stated the Mayor to a beaming audience. 

Among the winners were La Motte in Franschhoek that can accommodate almost a 100 000 visitors a year and the small emerging Wine Destination, Imbuko Wines in Wellington who accommodate Park Runners, bird watchers, hikers and then tempt them with some delicious light and fruity low alcohol spritzers! 

The CWDM promotes local economic development through tourism.  The CWD remains one of the more popular areas to visit for what is referred to as the ‘long haul’ traveller.  This refers to people who have travelled a long distance to get to South Africa and who then goes even a little further so that they can enjoy an experience, such as mountain biking high up in the mountains, dining with locals, taking a craft beer tour or attending movie night in a tiny private theatre.  These are some of the experiences available to all tourists in the CWD.  The Municipality actively encourages locals to spend time in the district as well.  

The Cape Winelands District’s Mayoral tourism Awards recognise the value of tourism to the local economy as well as to the building of positive international relationships.  For South Africans or even those living in the Western Cape. The CWDM is an assessable weekend getaway, one can enjoy sun downers, excellent food and good music on the Friday night, wake up to an MTB or Park run, take a slow drive over any of the passes into fertile and rich valleys. The choice is yours to spend the afternoon at a farmer’s market, restaurant or taking a hike.  Stay in quaint art deco rooms in the historical Tulbagh, or a view nesting eagles from your secluded balcony while the fire crackles.  And if that isn’t enough, on Sunday morning you can attend any of the many historical or modern churches in the area.  Round your weekend off with a quick gin tasting, or a light lunch before hitting the road home. The biggest advantage of the CWD is its perfect location – a mere hour or so from Cape Town, the West or East coast. 

The CWDM recognises the value of tourism in Local Economic Development (LED), for every eight tourists who sleep over in the District; one permanent employment opportunity is created.

The judges, made up of two independent and impartial representatives, Prof Sanette Ferreira of Stellenbosch University and Madeleine Mitchell of Western Cape Government Tourism were stringent in their evaluations, awarding only where the business filled all criteria and excelled in their field.  ‘This means that we did not simply award for the sake of the award, stated the judges, ‘but rather we only awarded, where an award was justified.  When a business displays the CWDM Mayoral Award Trophy, the visitor can be assured that the award was earned and deserved.  It’s an accolade that can be trusted.”

“Our municipality is one of five District Municipalities in the Western Cape,” states the Mayor. “However, the potential that we have in our people, our diversity and our agriculture makes us a wonderful venue to visit, as we like to say: The Cape Winelands, a 1 000 things to do, and then some wine.”

The Mayor, will as part of the awards, visit all the winners during the next few months to congratulate them personally and seek further opportunities for partnerships in the tourism industry.




Runner Up


Mayoral Discretionary Award



Protea Farms, Montagu


Service Excellence


4 Cousins Robertson

Big Sky Cottages Ceres


Cape Dutch Quarter



Special Projects



Zolani, Ashton






Route 62 Brewery Montagu

Wine Tourism Destination

La Motte


Val du Charron


Imbuko Wines


Sustainable Devlopment

Stellenbosch University Museum


Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary

Festivals of the Year

Cheese Festival


Montagu Makietie




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Created at 10/4/2018 5:58 AM by Andiswa Meke
Last modified at 10/4/2018 5:58 AM by Andiswa Meke