Prestigious Tasting Says SAA has Best Business Class White
South African Airways has won first place in the business class white wine section of Global Traveler’s prestigious “Wine on the Wing” competition and placed second in the red wine section, securing an overall second place for the best business class wine offering on international routes.
The announcement was made yesterday by US-based Global Traveler, the only ABC-audited magazine for business and luxury travellers. Organised for the eighth time, the annual blind tasting competition was judged in New York by 28 wine experts from a range of vinicultural professions. In total, 29 major airlines from around the world participated, providing 134 samples for tasting.
SAA’s Driehoek Sauvignon Blanc 2011 was the winner in the business class white wine section, beating offerings by several global airlines. In the business class red wine category, SAA came second.
SAA was placed second in the overall evaluation of wines offered on international business class flights, ahead of several well-known airlines. “These awards reemphasise the important role that SAA plays in helping promote South Africa’s wine industry. Every year we host the SAA Wine Awards through which we eventually select the wines that we serve on board our flights,” said Potgieter.
“We are incredibly proud of our wine survey and the success of South African Airways,” said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO of Global Traveler. “A big congratulation to SAA who for many years and from personal experience has some of the finest wines in the air. The survey continues to grow year after year, and our readers value this information.”
Source = South African Airways