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From tourism and hospitality to culinary excellence and winemaking, the city continues to captivate both local and international audiences.

Cape Town, often celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, has consistently proven its mettle on the world stage through a series of recent accolades. From tourism and hospitality to culinary excellence and winemaking, the city continues to captivate both local and international audiences. Here’s a detailed look at Cape Town’s most recent triumphs across various domains.

Tourism and Hospitality Awards

Culinary and Wine Excellence

Cape Town’s food and wine scenes have not only captivated local enthusiasts but also garnered international acclaim.


Distinctions for Iconic Estates

Cape Town’s wine estates are celebrated not just for their historic and scenic appeal but also for their exceptional contributions to winemaking. Here are a few more of Cape Town’s world-class wineries that have recently achieved significant recognition:

Babylonstoren:

Claire Gunn

Boschendal:

Vergelegen Estate:
  • International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2024: Vergelegen’s 2018 Reserve Chardonnay won a gold medal, showcasing the estate’s ability to produce high-quality wines that meet international standards.
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2023: The estate’s 2020 G.V.B. White blend was awarded a gold medal, further solidifying its reputation for excellence in both red and white wine categories​​.
  • Visit Vergelegen Estate »

Tokara Wine Estate:
  • Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2023: Tokara’s 2020 Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc was awarded Best in Show, one of the highest honors, for its outstanding quality and flavor profile​.
  • Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2023: Tokara’s wines received multiple accolades, including a double gold for its 2019 Director’s Reserve Red, emphasizing its prowess in premium red wine production​ (Franschhoek Tatler)​.

Delaire Graff Estate:
  • Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2023: Delaire Graff’s 2020 Banghoek Chardonnay and 2019 Cabernet Franc both received Platinum awards, highlighting their excellence in crafting top-tier wines​.
  • Global Fine Wine Challenge 2024: The estate was included in the top 12 of the Best New World Wineries, a testament to its innovation and quality in winemaking​​.
  • Visit Delaire »

Groot Constantia Wine Farm:
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2023: Groot Constantia’s 2019 Gouverneurs Reserve Red won a gold medal, recognized for its rich flavor and complexity​​.
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2023: The estate’s wines were highly praised, with its 2020 Pinotage being awarded a gold medal, highlighting its ability to produce outstanding varietal wines​​.
  • Visit Groot Constantia »

Steenberg Vineyards:

Constantia Glen:

2024 Accolades: Celebrating Culinary Greatness

Cape Town’s culinary scene continues to thrive, with several local restaurants earning international acclaim in 2024.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024:

La Colombe secured the 49th spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2024, a significant achievement that highlights its continued excellence and innovative approach to contemporary cuisine.

Reserve your spot at La Colombe

These incredible restaurants made it on Africa’s 25 Best Restaurants 2024 list this year

  • La Colombe – Recognized for its inventive dishes and elegant presentation, La Colombe is a beacon of fine dining in Cape Town​​.
  • Wolfgat – known for its intimate setting and foraging-inspired menu, Wolfgat continues to draw attention for its unique take on coastal cuisine​
  • Fyn Restaurant – Fyn stands out for its fusion of African and Japanese flavours, earning it a place among the continent’s top restaurants​.

Fresh produce at Wolfgat

FYN Restaurant


Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport has consistently been recognized for its excellence in various aspects of service, facilities, and overall passenger experience. Here are some of the recent accolades it has received:

2023 Accolades for Cape Town International Airport:

World Travel Awards 2023:

  • Cape Town International Airport was awarded the title of Africa’s Leading Airport for the 8th consecutive year at the World Travel Awards, held on October 15, 2023. This award highlights the airport’s consistent excellence in providing top-notch services and facilities to travellers.
  • Africa’s Leading Airport Lounge: The airport’s SLOW Lounge won the accolade for the best airport lounge in Africa, recognized for its comfort, amenities, and service​.

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2023:

  • Cape Town International Airport was named the Best Airport in Africa by Skytrax, a leading global air transport rating organization. This award is based on an extensive survey of international travelers and reflects the airport’s high standards in service, cleanliness, and passenger satisfaction.
  • The airport was also recognized for having the Best Airport Staff in Africa, highlighting the exceptional customer service provided by its personnel.

ACI Airport Service Quality Awards 2023:

  • Best Airport by Size and Region (5-15 million passengers in Africa): Cape Town International Airport received this award from Airports Council International (ACI), acknowledging its excellence in customer service and operational efficiency within its passenger size category.
  • Best Hygiene Measures by Region (Africa): In response to the global pandemic, the airport was recognized for its superior hygiene measures, ensuring a safe and clean environment for travellers.
2024 Accolades for Cape Town International Airport:

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2024:

  • Best Regional Airport in Africa:
    In 2024, Cape Town International Airport continued its winning streak by being named the Best Regional Airport in Africa. This award recognizes the airport’s quality and performance in the regional category.
  • 5-Star Regional Airport Rating:
    Cape Town International Airport was also awarded a prestigious 5-star rating by Skytrax, acknowledging its world-class services and facilities in the regional airport category.

Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2024:

  • Gold Award for Overall Airport Excellence:
    The airport received the Gold Award from Travel Weekly, which celebrates the best in travel across the globe. This award underscores its leadership in providing an outstanding travel experience.

Airport Excellence Awards 2024:

  • Best Airport for Customer Service in Africa:
    Recognized for its exceptional customer service, Cape Town International Airport was honored with this award, reflecting its commitment to ensuring a positive experience for all passengers.

 

Cape Town’s recent accolades across tourism, hospitality, culinary arts, and viticulture underscore its position as a world-class destination. The city’s commitment to excellence, sustainability, and innovation continues to attract global recognition, making it a must-visit for travellers and connoisseurs alike. Whether you’re exploring its vibrant streets, dining at its award-winning restaurants, or savouring its fine wines, Cape Town offers an unparalleled experience that captivates and inspires.

Feel free to delve deeper into Cape Town’s achievements and plan your next visit to this extraordinary city!


In this article
  • Introduction
  • Tourism and Hospitality Awards
  • Culinary and Wine Excellence
  • Distinctions for Iconic Estates
  • 2024 Accolades
  • Cape Town International Airport

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