The Observer Kampala Samson Baranga
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The sixth annual South African Wine Festival and Tasting took place on Friday evening at Kampala Serena hotel.

The helipad area was turned into a big tented dome by Silk Events and was venue for a night of tasting and celebrating the best from 20 of South Africa’s wineries.

The event, started in 2010 headlined by South African Airways together with Wines of South Africa, was joined by other companies with South African roots such as Stanbic bank.

This year’s edition also had Brown’s Cheese from Kenya and Star Café (Uganda) onboard. The event has since earned its spot on the social calendar with a growing lineup of A-lister guests.

The event is undoubtedly achieving its purpose of spreading knowledge about wine, thereby nurturing the wine drinking culture in Uganda.

Speaking at the event, Yogi Biriggwa, country manager Uganda, South African Airways, said the annual gathering reflects the strong relations between the people of South Africa and Uganda.

« Through these annual wine festivals and tasting, we are expanding the trade networks between Uganda and South Africa as we promote wine tourism to South Africa, » she said.

Currently with 17 official wine routes, tourists can get up close and personal with the country’s 350-year-old wine making industry.

Dr Mitch Egwang hosted the event, while Myko Ouma and band were the night’s entertainers, playing some classics and his original compositions. The band played Mafikizolo’s Ndihamba Nawe, getting guests onto the dance floor to do the shuffle, at the climax of yet another wonderful night.

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