De Wetshof Estate Adds Flavour and Finesse to Mangaung

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012
De Wetshof
Since the past week-end, Mangaung has definitely been the place to be for anybody or any organisation linked to national politics. The 53rd ANC National Conference attracted over 5000 delegates from all corners of the country, as well as a media contingent the size of a few rugby teams and enough influential business leaders in the private sector to finance a medium developing nation.
The South African wine industry was represented by De Wetshof Estate from Robertson, the official wine supplier for the Presidential Gala Dinner held on the Saturday as well as being chosen to ensure delegates and guests could purchase De Wetshof wines at the official 200-seater restaurant for the duration of the National Conference. 

Danie de Wet, De Wetshof proprietor and cellar-master, said that it is an honour for his wines to be present at such an important event. 

"No matter what the South African government of the day may be, it is our wine industry's obligation to be a friend of that government," says De Wet. "This has always been the case and it should remain so. The wine industry, through the quality of our products and its economic importance, plays a profound role in representing the image of South Africa. It is thus important for the industry to be present at major occasions such as the ANC's National Conference. And what's more - what can be more enjoyable after a day's feverish political activity in Bloemfontein than relaxing with a glass of chilled Chardonnay!" 

At the Presidential Gala Dinner, held on the campus of the University of the Free State, over 900 cabinet members, business persons, ambassadors and other dignitaries sat down to a three course meal paired with De Wetshof wines.  

The starter, a salmon and bell pepper terrine, was complemented with De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2012. The main course consisted of feta-stuffed chicken and a herb-crusted fillet, allowing guests to enjoy the wooded Finesse Chardonnay 2011 and the De Wetshof Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. 

Dessert was a chocolate and yoghurt mousse, accompanied by a real traditional taste of the Boland in the Danie de Wet Cape Muscadel 2007. 

Sipping Naissance Cabernet Sauvignon at the table he shared with De Wetshof's representative, Max Sisulu, Speaker in the National Assembly, said that the wine industry is a very active topic between the walls of Parliament. "We have a wonderful cellar, stocked on a regular basis with foremost South African wines," he said. "And whenever I host a delegation of international visitors to Parliament, I absolutely ensure my guests return to their countries of origin with a selection of our wines." 

As we say in the Boland – "so 'n bek moet jêm kry"! (A mouth that talks like this deserves a sweetening dollop of jam.)  

President Jacob Zuma, the master of Mangaung, was however not partaking in the magic of the grape. Sipping a glass of Coke Zero he declined the offer of a spot of wine. "I have a long week ahead, but thank you," he said.