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  First Guguletu Wine Festival will be “glamorous affair”

16 Mar 2011

Topics: Cape Wine Academy, Guguletu Wine Festival, Hot Salsa Media, Lungile Mbalo, Marilyn Cooper, Mzoli Ngcawuzele, Mzoli’s Wines, Soweto Wine Festival, wine

Guguletu Wine Festival co-founder Mzoli Ngcawuzele and daughter Sisanda

Looking to emulate the success of the Soweto Wine Festival, Cape Town entrepreneurs Mzoli Ngcawuzele and Lungile Mbalo are staging Guguletu’s first wine show at the end of May.

The event is expected to boost awareness amongst the broader population in the Western Cape and thereby expand the wine base for wineries, and enhance Cape Town, particularly Guguletu, as a tourist destination.

The show will also create awareness amongst Black people in the region about wine brands, consumption and availability of wine products, and encourage different groups, including businesspeople, to view Guguletu as a tourist hub and as business friendly.

The organisers also hope the Wine Festival will provide a favourable environment for wineries and sponsors to position their brands within Cape Town’s Black middle class segment.

The show is expected to attract about 50 wine exhibitors and 2,000 visitors over its two-day run, and to feature wine lounges, a large VIP area, gourmet food and, not least, a spectrum of top-quality wine.

“This is a glamorous affair for residents, businesspeople and celebrities in Guguletu and Cape Town, and will become a hot event annually,” say the businessmen behind the venture, Lungile Mbalo and Mzoli Ngcawuzele, both of successful restaurant Mzoli’s Place in Guguletu.

Ngcawuzele is also the owner of fast-growing wine brand Mzoli’s Wines, and developer of Guguletu Square Mall, the festival venue and first shopping centre to be built for a previously disadvantaged community in the Western Cape.

Wine estate exhibitors for the festival will be managed by Marilyn Cooper, co-founder of the Soweto Wine Festival and managing director of the Cape Wine Academy. Sponsorship, public relations and media VIPs will be handled by Hot Salsa Media, sponsorship and PR professionals for the Soweto Wine Festival.

More details about the event can be found here.

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