The Wine Desk is Ligia de Coito. Winemakers and wine lovers in the Cape came to know her during the 9 years she worked (and studied) at the Cape Wine Academy in Stellenbosch, kick-starting her journey into wine. Ligia is a registered South African Tourist Guide specialising in wine. Her passion for wine is over the top and contagious, and there are few who can match her enthusiasm for wine, winemaking, and the Cape Winelands. Promoting wine and all it offers comes naturally to her and as a natural progression to her work at the Academy and her frustration with a very mediocre wine tourism industry at the time, she founded the Wine Desk in 2002, with the aim of perfecting wine tourism! The Wine Desk works only with accredited specialist wine tourist guides/operators. From wine enthusiasts to wine connoisseurs, no matter your level of wine knowledge (or lack of it), you are guaranteed to come away from a Wine Desk tour impassioned by South African wine!
Ligia is a founder-member of the South African Wine Tourism Forum, which eventually culminated in the maiden showcasing of Vindaba at Cape Wine 2012; and has organised and led wine and food gourmet tours to France and Italy. A born and bred Capetonian with Mediterranean roots, sharing in her hotelier-parents’ passion for food and wine, she owned her own restaurant in Stellenbosch, is an intrepid cook and loves experimenting and cooking with friends and family. Contact her for expert advice on a personalised tour (see also What to do in Cape Town) or browse the various day trips or packaged tours, or any other activities in the Winelands and more … Ligia takes a special interest in her clients and is very hands-on, so you will probably find that it is her communicating with you on the other side of the email!
Wine Desk is a tour broker and able to assist clients with all bookings for their visit to South Africa. The focus and expertise is on wine, but as clients develop relationships with the company (especially return clients), the company is often asked to take care of their full trip for them. So ask about safaris, Peninsula trips, Garden Route, etc etc.
The focus is also on Culinary Tourism. Due to excellent relationships with some of SA’s top chefs, Wine Desk is able to create dream culinary tours for small groups.