The 100 Women 100 Wines event this weekend was an overwhelming success.
I’d like to say a big thank you to our sponsors, Tops at Spar, 1Time Airline, Cape Town Tourism, V&A Hotel and Destiny Magazine, who got the ball rolling.
A big thank you to all of the above.
We are delighted and excited to announce that 100 Women 100 Wines will be back again next year with a bang!
Here is a selection of the comments and feedback from those who participated.
Consumers buy wine for occasions: a Sunday braai, wedding anniversary, book club and not by varietal. Most punters think that rosé is a cultivar.
This is the seminal idea behind Clare Mack’s revolutionary 100 Women, 100 Wines event that went down at the V&A hotel at the Waterfront yesterday.
Dr. Neil Pendock. Wine Pundit, Author and wine consultant to the event.
You have identified exactly the untapped growth market in the wine buying world. Plus it was just lovely. You made a lot of people very happy.
Thank you again for inviting me. Best and most interesting wine event I’ve ever been to.
Anna Trapido PhD. Journalist & food critic. Author of bestseller “Hunger for Freedom, The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela.”
Jonathan Riley | Head of Sales, Broadcasting and Media, Octagon.
What a FANTASTIC weekend!
Thank you so much. Never have I had so much fun tasting wine.
It was indeed a great privilege to be there. At my table at dinner I met the most funny, clever, switched on and engaged young women … they made me feel that we have lot to be proud of and to be positive about in South Africa’s future.
Gillian Mitchell, Lecturer, African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town.
Thank you so much to you, Clare, and the organising team, for the awesome weekend.We had such a good time and we made friends. That was an experience of a life time. God bless
Thoko Rose Mpooa. Businesswoman. Johannesburg.
It was lovely to have the wine farms come to us, and also to interact with wine lovers from all walks of life. I wish there had been a booklet or some info of all the wine farms and or wine makers that were represented. What fun!! My girlfriends and I all had a really lovely time… and I saw a few friends and acquaintances that I didn’t know would be there.
Samwano Chonya. Entrepreneur. Cape Town.
A wonderful weekend at the Waterfront. It was memorable.
Kutala Dlambulo. Structural Technologist. Johannesburg.
Just wanted to congratulate and thank you for your efforts at the inaugural 100 Women 100 Wine event. This kind of primary category marketing is EXACTLY what we need – unpretentious, fun, easy to understand and LIFESTYLE oriented – yes really, in action and word!
It’s really heartening to see members of the industry put their money where their mouth is and make a real contribution. It was brilliant to be part of it all and see what can be done.
Best of luck with the rest, and thanks once again
Erica Libenberg. Communications Expert and PR Practitioner. Somerset West.
A BIG THANK YOU to you two for the most wonderful weekend. We enjoyed every moment and make a lots of new friends. It was a great experience to taste wine in this fun way.
Elzabe and Janneke Morkel, CEO Worcester Wine and Olive Route.
An incredible weekend. It was truly awesome.
Lindile Mpanza, Documentary Producer, E.TV, Johannesburg.
“Only by visiting and experiencing Cape Town and sharing the reality of experiences will perceptions about our city be changed within the domestic market.
It’s not only about immediate benefits, but about working with partners in the industry to address perceptions and increase demand, that will have long-lasting benefits and result in substantial growth in domestic tourism.”
Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold. CEO Cape Town Tourism.
This is my first time in Cape Town and I now understand what all the fuss is about. In a very short time I have fallen in love with this city. How will I ever be able to resist her attraction? I am booking my next holiday in Cape Town and bringing my friends along.”
Ndvidhuho Siliga, Tax Accountant,Johannesburg.
I never considered Cape Town to be a business destination. I run a consultancy for business analysts in the banking industry and, after some great networking with women in the Cape Town banking industry at this event, I have decided to bring our next annual conference to Cape Town.”
Thandiwe Moitse, Banking Industry Consultant, Johannesburg.
“Events like 100 Women 100 Wines will go a long way towards breaking down stereotypical views about Cape Town held by those of us from Johannesburg. I have seen a new face of Cape Town, one that I will share with my friends and family and one that will see me return to Cape Town more often. The general hospitality, friendliness, efficiency and spirit of this city have touched me. Interacting with like-minded women from all backgrounds and sampling Cape Town’s fantastic food and wine has been an absolute delight.”
Moira Modise. Financial Services Manager. Johannesburg.
Thank you so much for the wonderful time Ntombi and I had in Cape Town.
Matheko Badana, Diplomat, Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Pretoria.
Thanks for getting Swartland involved in an excellent initiative, looks like it was a resounding success bearing in mind the coverage it got. Well done!
Ross Sleet. Wine Industry Consultant. Western Cape.
I would like to thank you, very, very much for an absolutely amazing Saturday participating in 100Women100Wines. I had a blast and feel privileged to have had an opportunity to take part!
Thanks for arranging what was an incredibly organised event. Please keep me posted on any of the photos’ or results from the event, and anything similar in the future!
Liza Clay, Entrepreneur, Johannesburg
As a group, these women were a wine-marketers dream! For years people have been rabbitting on about breaking into the black wine-drinking market without necessarily being sure how to go about it. The organisers of this event managed to bring together approximately 80 intelligent, affluent, confident, articulate black women from around the country – anybody with anything whatsoever to sell should have run through hot coals to make sure their product was placed in front of them this weekend!
Cathy Marston, Wine Journalist The Cape Times, Wine Consultant, Critic and Lecturer. Consultant for Platter’s Wine Guide, Wine Editor Media 24 and Food 24. Cape Town.
What a great list, I love the choice in Long Lunch and Posh Present.
Lisa Key – Filmmaker, Businesswoman and African Relish, Cookery School, Prince Albert.
Well done Clare with your fabulous 100 Women 100 Wines project. You deserve all the credit you’re getting.
Etienne Heyns. Executive. Graham Beck Wines. Western Cape.
Most of the women I spoke to said that it was an extremely exciting event to be a part of as they were happy to be able to recommend their chosen wines to their friends. The competition was also such a hit with the women, many of whom were visiting Cape Town for the first time, that they all enquired whether they’d be able to enter again next year. The success of the competition has already been noted by the number of new sponsors already showing an interest in participating in 2012.
Carla van der Merwe, Journalist and Social Media Editor. www.wine.co.za.Somerset West.
Many thanks for this! We need a bit of cheer!
Dr. Mark Solms, Neurosurgeon and owner, Solms Delta Wines, Franschhoek.
I like it and it’s cool that woman have their say and fun at the same time.
Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira, MCC winemaker. Graham Beck.
Just a short note to say thank you for a wonderful week-end spent at the V & A Waterfront, sipping wine, eating good food and making new friends.
It was great to get away from the normal mundane week-ends of rugby, beer and braai.
To you and Claire, we say thank you for a well organized and enjoyable event.
You should be proud of yourselves.
Adelle Jurgens, Landscape Designer, Cape Town.
“I had the time of my life”
Penny Buthelezi, Team Leader, KPMG. Johannesburg.