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Andre Morgenthal assists the Old Vine Project and has his own Marketing and Communications Consultancy. André studied philosophy, languages and drama at the University of Stellenbosch in the early 90s.Towards the end of his studies, André started a wine tourism business, offering specialised wine tours to discerning wine and gastronomy tourists, as well as training and consulting to restaurants, hotels and lodges. André has lectured at the Cape Wine Academy and also wrote a wine column for a Sunday business newspaper.

He has worked several vintages at Domaine Bertagna in Vougeot, Burgundy and made wine on a small Stellenbosch property, Clos du Ciel. In 2001, he joined Wines of South Africa (WOSA) as Communications Manager with a focus on media relations, as well as a mandate for wine tourism and to represent the South African wine industry in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

In 2016 he resigned from WOSA to start his own business, among other ventures assisting Rosa Kruger with the Old Vine Project (OVP).


Accommodation

Jeremy Clayton is the Executive Director of the President Hotel, Cape Town and Managing Director of Turnkey Hospitality – an international hospitality company. His professional experience includes over two decades in executive leadership at leading hotels around the world Including North-Island, Singita, MORE and White Pearl Resorts. Jeremy’s primary responsibility is as executive director of The President Hotel where he focusses on commercial and asset growth as well as medium and long term strategic projects.As Chairman of Fedhasa Cape, Jeremy works closely with public and private partners and tourism associations to drive tourism growth and sustainability in the Cape and South Africa. Jeremy represents the hospitality sector on the JAMMs forum which brings together all the major tourism partners from both private and public sectors in the Cape.


Architecture and Landscape

Lesego Majatladi is the Managing Director of Latitude Aprthotels in Cape Town and has recently been elected as a Fedhasa board member. He holds a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Wine Tourism qualification from the UCT Graduate school of business.


Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences

Martina Barth is Group Sales Manager for the Liz McGrath Collection and the Chair of SATSA Western Cape. With a career spanning over 25 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, she has worked for some of the leading hotel groups in South Africa.  She brings a deep understanding of hospitality & tourism and has led an illustrious career curating and implementing innovative sales strategies that help build strong tourism brands.


Wine Tourism Services

Spencer Fondaumiere began his journey in wine when he moved to South Africa in 2013. He is an Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) certified sommelier, one of less than 500 people to have ever successfully passed the demanding diploma exam.   He is currently the president of the South African Sommeliers Association. In addition he is a certified wine judge graduating from from Michael Fridjohns wine judging academy in 2016, and has completed WSET level 3.

He is a qualified chef, with vast experience in hospitality on both sides of the pass. 

He is the co-founder of Wine yard East Africa, that specialises in the distribution of wines and spirits in East Africa  and Somm on Call the digital sommelier platform. Previously he was the national brand manager at Warwick Wine Estate and the operations manager for the Burrata group of restaurants.He has  vast  experience in judging wine competitions consistently  serving on several panels. 


Wine Tourism Restaurants

Jenny Handley owns Jenny Handley Performance (JHP), a brand and performance training company with courses based on her bestselling business books.  She is the founder and curator of the award-winning JHP Gourmet Guide™ and its respected restaurant Plate Rating, and editor of the quarterly Gourmet Guide online magazine. Jenny Handley is the voice of FMR Fine Food on Fine Music Radio, which showcases local chefs, winemakers and producers. Her online food-writing course, a first in SA, combines her passion for the culinary arts, writing and training. After originally studying Food & Clothing Technology, then Food & Nutrition, she travelled the world voraciously to feed her appetite for ongoing learning. 


Art & Culture

Darryl Earl David is a man of many hats – the only Indian lecturer of Afrikaans in SA; Founder of Book Town Richmond in the Karoo; pioneer of BookBedonnerd Book Festival, the Midlands Literary Festival in Howick and many, many more; author of three books on Country Churches of SA. 

In 2017 Darryl led Durban to UNESCO City of Literature status, becoming the first city on the African continent to achieve this honour.

In 2019, he repeated this feat, spearheading Hermanus and the greater OVERSTRAND region to UNESCO City of Gastronomy status.


Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices

Joan Isham may have started her working life on a different trajectory, but it’s no surprise that she’s now deeply embedded in a career that has a fine blend of wine, nature and people at its heart. Joan, dedicated extension officer for the BWI, grew up on a farm in the Calitzdorp area. Her dark eyes sparkle when she speaks of her childhood on this farm that is still in her family. ‘So I was a farm girl, and nature was always my passion.’ A mid-life change saw her study successfully for a nature conservation diploma, after which she got a job with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Honey Badger Project. ‘And that’s where my extension work started. I had to go and see individual landowners and try to convince them that there were ways of protecting their hives without killing honey badgers. I worked a lot on the Agulhas Plain, and on the West Coast, and that’s where I realised that this was what I really wanted to do: to change people’s at – titudes.’ In 2006 she applied for a post at BWI – soon after the programme had started – and her undoubted success has proved the value of having a passionate, knowledge – able person in the extension officer role. ‘It’s been an incredible journey,’ she says. ‘I’ve had the amazing privilege of visiting all these farms and convinc – ing them to join BWI, and very practically helping them improve the management of their land. Seeing the re – sults really inspires me and encourages me to bring more people on board.’ Witnessing a change of attitude whereby farmers are now themselves making decisions based on sound eco – logical principles has been ‘fantastic’, Isham adds, ‘I am committed to staying involved, helping landowners make the right decisions about conservation and about farming in a more sustainable way – especially because they are now so willing.’


Roving Judges

Maryna Calow is the Communications Manager at Wines of South Africa (WoSA), the official international marketing body for the South African wine industry. 

She joined WoSA in October 2016 following a tenure of 7 years as Managing Editor of consumer focused digital magazine, Wine Extra. She was also heavily involved with the PR and marketing of The Wine Show, one of South Africa’s largest consumer wine expo’s. 

Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to communicating with international trade and media delegations as to relevant news and information about the local wine industry, presenting and discussing a range of relevant industry-focused topics, ensuring a strong social media presence, as well as implementing any communication strategies to promote the industry in a range of international markets. 

Maryna has completed a range of wine-related courses, including a certificate in Small Scale Winemaking at the University of Stellenbosch and has also tasted on a range of international and local wine judging panels, such as Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Veritas. Prior to her career in the South African wine industry, Maryna worked as a copywriter in the United Kingdom for eight years before returning to South Africa in 2006.

Sanette Ferreira is a tourism geographer and a Emeritus professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Stellenbosch University. She has professional membership of the Society of South African Geographers and is a member of the  International Geographical Union’ s commission on Tourism, Leisure and Change. She has published more than 50 international peer reviewed articles and book chapters on issues threatening the sustainability and resilience of the development of tourism in South Africa. Over the last ten years her research and post graduate supervision has focussed mainly on wine tourism development: Life cycles of wine routes, wine resorts, life styles and wine festivals. Professor Ferreira has presented more than 40 papers at various international and national conferences. Her research interests provided the opportunity to visit most of the wine regions of the world and to experience a variety of wine tourism products and experiences in different contexts.

Rhian van Wyk is a dedicated, experienced and result-driven public sector manager and development facilitator. He has established a reputation as a versatile, adaptable, energetic and assertive leader for the past 17 years at the Cape Winelands District Municipality where he heads the Tourism division. 

He has a strong sense of social conscience and has been involved with the Great Wine Capitals Global Network since March 2004. His passion for tourism and the wine industry ensured that wine is included in the Tourism Slogan of the Cape Winelands region, “a thousand things to do…and then some wine.”

Rhian was born and raised in Paarl, and the secret of his success is his humility, strong interpersonal relationships, empathy, and respect for others, focus driven, innovative and confidence in everything he does. He holds a Bachelors in Economics, Honours in Politics and a Masters in Administration and completed the Minimum Competency: Municipal Financial Management Certificate (MMC) for Local Government Practioners. 

Elmarie Rabe, is a seasoned executive with a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel & tourism industry.  Her strong project management, people and hospitality skills, have been honed both locally and abroad. Elmarie is passionate about destination marketing, eventing and bespoke tourism experiences with a deep understanding of the power of storytelling. She is an ambassador for the Stellenbosch wine industry and wine tourism, loving all things wine, with a keen eye for detail; loves connecting with people.