Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2019

Get Ahead of the Trends at this Year’s Wine & Food Tourism Conference

The 2019 Wine & Food Tourism Conference, now in its fourth year, takes place at Spier near Stellenbosch on 18 September 2019. It will feature South Africa’s most respected trends analyst, Dion Chang, as headline speaker.

This year’s event, themed “Trends in Wine & Food Tourism”, will as per previous years, provide an invaluable platform for participants to network and keep abreast of what is hot and happening in South African wine and food tourism. This is the fourth time this annual conference is being presented. The exceptional line-up of speakers comprises international and local experts.

Dion Chang

Dion Chang Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

Known as an innovator, creative thinker, and walking ideas bank, Dion Chang takes the unique view of “trends as business strategy”. His company, Flux Trends, specialises in understanding consumer mindset and identifying unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, ensuring that global trends have relevance when translated for African and South African businesses.

He’s devised and hosted conferences, published books and writes regular columns for a number of high-profile media platforms. He’s also a lecturer at respected business schools and specialises as a disruption management consultant.

Dion’s topic at this year’s conference will focus on the trends that are shaping tourism in South Africa, with an in-depth look at wine and food tourism.

Judith Lewis

Judith Lewis Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

Judith is a renowned digital and media consultant, who has specialised in the fields of content strategy and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Based in the United Kingdom, she is especially effective in applying strategic understanding of digital technologies to help businesses innovate and advance. She counts Google, and Virgin Startup amongst the businesses she has advised.

She’ll be elaborating on how to leverage Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for wine tourism.

Derek Hanekom

Derek Hanekom Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

Derek Hanekom served as Minister of Tourism in the South African Government from 2014 until his recent resignation from Parliament earlier in 2019. He had previously been the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs, from 1994 to 1999. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in 2004 and promoted to Minister in 2012 before his tenure as Minister of Tourism started in 2014.

He will be explaining the opportunities presented by our own continent, delivering a talk named: “Opportunities: Looking to Africa”.

Tim Harris

Tim Harris Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro (the tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape), will be sharing an exciting vision for the Western Cape at this year’s conference

Tim previously served as Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Finance for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He holds a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town. Tim currently sits on the board of the Cape Town Film Studios and Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA).

Alan Knott-Craig

Alan Knott-Craig Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

Alan Knott-Craig, a successful entrepreneur; best-selling author; chairman of HeroTel, a broadband provider covering South Africa; and founder of Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation rolling out free WiFi to uplift communities; will be inspiring the audience with an in-depth look at the role technology will play in tourism in the next five years.

Alan was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He was also included in “100 Choiseul Africa”, a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has been nominated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top eleven entrepreneurs changing the African landscape. Alan has published seven books since 2008, including a national bestseller, Don’t Panic.

Haldane Martin

Haldane Martin Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

Iconic South African furniture and interior designer, Haldane Martin, will be discussing the crucial role of architecture and design in effectively developing food and wine tourism.

Internationally renowned for work with a powerful sense of identity, Haldane’s designs are heralded as culturally significant contributions to the South African design language.

He focuses on innovative hospitality design – designing bespoke furniture that enhances experience and creating original spaces with bold identity.

Katlego Ditlhokwe

Katlego Ditlhokwe Wine & Food Tourism Conference Event

A strategic thinker, researcher, lecturer and though-leader, Katlego has over seven years’ experience in the advertising industry. Currently a senior media and brand strategist at The Brave Group, he has worked on accounts across a multitude of industries such as Jet (Edcon), Mercedes-Benz, Revlon, Dial Direct, and First for Women, to name a few.

Katlego will be addressing conference delegates for the second time in a row, this time elaborating on “the current market versus the potential market”. Last year he focused on the breaking of category norms to create and capitalise on marketing opportunity, citing the importance of “capturing hearts” in advertising.

Panel discussions


Two interesting panel discussions, featuring leading experts in their respective fields, will form part of Wine & Food Tourism Conference.  The first discussion, entitled “What will drive our wine & food tourism to the next level” will be chaired by independent wine marketing and communications consultant, Andre Morgenthal. This panel will include publisher of Platter’s South African Wine Guide, Jean-Pierre Rossouw; Remgro Limited investment expert, Raymond Ndlovu; chairman of the board of the South African Sommelier Association, Barry Schofield; celebrated South African chef, Bertus Basson; as well as Môreson junior winemaker, Luca Orselli.

Jean-Pierre Rossouw Raymond Ndlovu and Barry Schofield Food & Wine Tourism Conference event

The second panel discussion, “In my crystal ball: future challenges and opportunities”, chaired by previous chief executive officer (CEO) of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and owner of marketing co-operative, Thinking Seahorse, Su Birch will be joined by CEO of Franschhoek Tourism, Reiner Behrens; owner of Cape Fusion Tours, Pamela McOnie; CEO of Ilios Travel, Mohamed Baba, as well as  managing director of Trans Africa Safaris, Jennifer Paterson.

Reinher Behrens, Pamela McOnie, Mohamed Baba Food & Wine Tourism Conference event

The Wine & Food Tourism Conference is convened by wine and gourmet tourism specialist, Margi Biggs.

Go to for more information and to register for the conference.

Conference rates:

  • Regular price: R3 800 plus 15% VAT
  • Student price: R1 750 plus 15% VAT
  • Discounted price for RASA, SATSA, SAACI, SITE, FEDHASA and Cape Town Tourism members: R3 420 plus 15% VAT


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Contact details

Wine & Food Tourism Conference

Telephone: 021 433 1314



Starts: 18 Sep 2019

Date: 18 - 18 Sep 2019

Location: Stellenbosch