Star Alliance member South African Airways, the only airline flying a daily nonstop service between Entebbe and Johannesburg, on Friday night hosted the travel and business community to their annual South African Wine Festival, co-sponsored by fellow South African companies MTN and Stanbic Bank, both of which are long established market leaders in Uganda in their respective sectors. The Kampala Serena was the venue of the function and provided as usual excellent food though the prawns were decidedly in short supply and even the skies over the city cleared in time after much of the day was a total washout with rain threatening to spoil the party. Sponsors speeches were kept to a bare minimum, leaving participants to interact, exchange the latest news from the aviation and travel scene in Uganda and fuel the rumour mill for which Kampala has become so famous, but most important to sample a wide selection of wines from participating South African vineries.
On offer were some of the best South African wines to taste and the Ingenuity Red by Nederburg was the undisputed winner after impressing this correspondents spoiled palate. Wine maker Wilhelm Pienaar was at hand to give expert information on the vineyard locations, grapes used and the process to make this superb wine, showing that South African wines indeed can now claim their place amongst the very best, a proud achievement for the African continent.
South Africans daily service arrives every evening at 7 pm in Entebbe, allowing for easy onward connections from Johannesburg and then returns the next morning to Joburg after a nightstop in Uganda.
Compiled by Jackie