Wine tasting in South Africa is a niche tourism opportunity that may be hamstrung by closing-time regulations on tasting venues. Enver Duminy, Cape Town Tourism CEO, talking to Tourism Update said that while early closing hours are mandatory for wine tasting rooms, visitors can generally enjoy wine in the restaurants at many wine farms. “Wine tasting in designated rooms takes place from 11am to 6pm to comply with the regulations,” Duminy said.

A panellist at the SA Tourism round-table discussion at ITB Berlin, which took place from 6 March to 10 March said regulations should be amended to allow tasting rooms to stay open later. Marisah Nieuwoudt, wine tourism manager of Vinpro, commented that from a tourism perspective, longer trading hours for wineries could certainly lead to the development of innovative visitor experiences such as night-time harvest experiences and full moon tastings. Click here to read the full article. – Tourism Update