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The Company of Wine People excels at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

The Company of Wine People added to its impressive list of awards with a spate of awards at one of Europe’s most prestigious wine competitions.

Kumkani Cradle Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 and Kumkani Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 were awarded gold medals at the renowned international wine and spirit tasting competition, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2008, while the Kumkani Shiraz 2005 received a silver medal. The Thandi Chardonnay 2005, a brand synonymous with quality wine, ethical trading and empowerment, raked in a silver medal.

This is the second year running that Kumkani has excelled at this competition: in 2007, Kumkani Chardonnay / Viognier 2005 and Kumkani Lanner Hill Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2006 won gold and silver medals respectively. Executive director of winemaking, Nicky Versfeld, said: “These awards are testimony to Kumkani’s consistently high quality. We are very proud of this international accolade and continue to strive for excellence.”

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held in Bordeaux, France, and judged by 240 wine experts. Derived from the Xhosa word meaning ‘king’, Kumkani is an award-winning wine that celebrates South Africa’s rich heritage, unique mix of people and abundance of natural resources. Thanks to the fertile soil, suitable South African climate and winemaker’s excellence, Kumkani is worshipped by wine lovers.

Established in Elgin in 1995, Thandi – a Xhosa word meaning 'nurturing love' – is a wine that niches on quality, and helps to uplift and empower previously disadvantaged people. In 2003, Thandi became the first wine brand in the world to receive Fairtrade accreditation.

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