Glowing Words for #iwinetc from The Franschhoek Wine Valley

The 3rd International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop ended last week and since then we have been inundated with positive feedback. Here is just one of the many received from Jenny Prinsloo, CEO of the Franschhoek Wine Valley:

“I am delighted that I attended.  I found the Conference added great value, particularly the seminars on social media.  Of particular interest were the presentation on Smart Phones and the presentation given by the travel bloggers with the site.  Donna Jackson’s presentation simplified the use of video for social media, and emphasized the personal element that people are looking for.  So much is written about how we must all be using the social media networks, but there’s not much on exactly how to do it.  The Franschhoek Wine Valley uses Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, and has a blog.  However, its all in the effective use of these media….

Media Release from Wine Pleasures #iwinetc

The 3rd International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop closed last week, following a great week of, business, meetings, networking, talks, winery visits and wine tastings.

This year’s edition attracted 173 delegates from over 30 countries. New countries to have representation included Argentina,Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Latvia, India and South Africa, The number of tour operators and travel agents specialized in wine and culinary tourism was 45 reflecting a 30% increase on last year and total attendance including bloggers, exhibitors, speakers, traditional media, wine experience providers reached 326, a 46% increase on 2010  event held in Spain (unaudited figures). 40 talks were delivered over the 3 days of the conference. Hosted Travel Tour Operators and travel agents at the workshop undertook more than 810 Pre scheduled appointments, 66% increase on 2010 (subject to final confirmation). 12 businesses participated as exhibitors which is 100% increase on 2010….

¡Los Placeres del Vino! Zarpa a Italia!

La Internacional Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop se llevó a cabo en el Palácio do Freixo de Porto (Portugal), una de las Great Wine Capitals del mundo, del pasado 31 de enero al 6 de febrero. En esta mítica e histórica ciudad -estrechamente relacionada a la elaboración del vino encabezado, ya que hasta el día de hoy muchas bodegas añejan los Portos en las cavas de la vecina ciudad de Vilanova de Gaia- se congregaron más de 300 visitantes de diversas partes del mundo, todos atraídos por el mismo “imán”: el vino,  la gastronomía y el turismo. Este trinomio, muy en boga durante los últimos años en todas partes del globo terráqueo, seduce a millones de personas, ya que desde la explosión mundial del “mundo gourmet” o sensorial, los motivos para elegir un destino en el momento de armar las valijas se han modificado. Hoy en día los viñedos y los manjares típicos de cada región son elegidos no solamente por los sibaritas….

Day 1 of the 3rd International Wine Tourism Conference 2011

Michael Oudyn of Wine Tripping and member of the Blogger- Media Fam Trip sums up day 1 of the 3rd International Wine Tourism Conference 2011:

First we were given a regal welcome by His Royal Majesty Dom Duarte de Braganca.  He encouraged us to enjoy wine and Portugal, two things we needed very little encouragement to do.

The second plenary talk was by Manuel de Novaes Cabral of The Great Wine Capitals Global Network who discussed the dynamics between urban and rural wine territories. The plenary talks were the easy part.  The hard part of the Wine Tourism Conference was choosing between the three sessions being offered simultaneously.  They all seemed so interesting….

Boutique Vinho Verde Producers get Thumbs Up from Bloggers & Media

International Wine Tourism Conference Blogger Fam Trip. Our second day in Vinho Verde started at Paco de Calheiros.  The sun was bright, the breeze gentle and filled with perfume of Camelias from the largest Camelia tree we have ever seen.  The beautifully antique appointed manor house and breathtaking view of the valley, was intensified by the singing of mass that echoed through the valley.  This is an estate that has been cared for with love, passion, and romance.  

Quinta do Ameal offers a different perspective of Vinho Verde.  Traditional arbors of grapes and wisteria outlined the property.  Beautifully manicured vineyards challenged by abundant rainfall produce organic wines requiring meticulous effort which we appreciate.  …

Paço de Calheiros Hosts Bloggers for Vinho Verde Grape Escape

We’ve arrived in Porto for the 3rd International Wine Tourism conference a couple of days early. We’ve been lucky to be invited to a special pre-conference wine event, a two-day tour of northwest Portugal’s wine regions, with a group of wine, food and travel writers and bloggers from around the world. 

An imposing white manor house overlooking a pastel-coloured valley of farmhouses and vineyards is our first stop in the Minho region, famous for its Vinho Verde or ‘green wines’. 

After settling into our loft-like apartment in the former store rooms at Paco de Calheiros, the grand home of the Count of Calheiros that now doubles as boutique accommodation, we take a stroll around the gardens as the sun sinks into the valley below, before heading inside for our first tasting. …

What’s Cooking Chef?

Chefs Álvaro, Domenico, Holli, Rui are all sharpening their knives ready for the International Wine Tourism Conference in the Great Wine Capital of Oporto from 31 Jan to 3 Feb 2011. Conference delegates and workshop participants are in for some pretty tasty treats as a result of top notch cooking from the best of Italy, Turkey, USA and Portugal….

Chef Holli Coming to a Quinta Near You!

Hell’s Kitchen Season 7 winner Chef Holli Ugalde  is all set for the 3rd edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference and a packed Blogger/Media programme of winery, restaurant and hotel visits.

“I’ve been finishing all of my last minute preparations for my trip this Friday. I have my bags packed full of chef coats, high heels, and hiking boots… Everything a traveling chef might need. Friday morning I’ll leave Los Angeles and start my long journey to Portugal… Why Portugal you might ask? Well my great friends from Celebrity Wine Review and I are headed to the 3rd Annual International Wine Tourism Conference in Porto at the Palacio do Freixo. We were invited by Anthony Swift from Wine Pleasures who has set up the event for the last 3 years….

Wine Tourism Conference Wine Painting to be Auctioned for Novo Futuro Charity

Oporto based Gabriela Gonçalves is a talented artist who paints with wine as well as with traditional watercolors and oil paints. Her unique wine paintings came to our attention during the EIBTM 2010 trade fair and  we quickly contacted Gabriela to explore the possibilities of  her providing a wine painting for the cover of the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference Programme to be held in the Great Wine Capital of Oporto, Portugal from 31 Jan to 3 Feb.

In view of so many people telling us how brilliant the painting is and asking if it is possible to purchse it, we thought it would be a great chance to raise some money for a charity and auction the painting in a silent auction format to the highest bidder. Gabriela named Novo Futuro as her preferred charity to donate the sale price to.

Novo Futuro is a national non-profit organization and is  recognized as a Private Institution of Social Solidarity. Their objective is to support Children and Young people who do not have an adequate family environment, regardless of age, colour, gender or religion. Novo Futuro support Children and Young people and shelter them in homes with a good family environment to ensure their well being, affection and education….

Essential Reading: ‘The Wine & Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal’

‘The Wine & Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal’ is a comprehensive guidebook to Portugal for people who like eating and drinking. Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter explain all there is to know about Portugal’s wines, foods and cooking, as well as writing about the churches, museums, galleries, mountains, beaches and other places that shouldn’t be missed. 

They also give entirely independent recommendations (no fees for publication have been asked for or accepted) of restaurants, bars, wine and food shops and places to stay. These range from tiny, hole-in-the-wall tascas (the simplest form of Portuguese restaurant) to the finest of modern and traditional eating, and from bed-and-breakfast accommodation and houses to rent to the grandest and most luxurious hotels. …