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Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has moved to calm reports that some wine companies in the country are unhappy at the trade body's handling of wine tenders for this year's FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament.

Local reports over the weekend said that WoSA only gave South African wine companies five days to enter their wines into consideration with Match Hospitality, the exclusive rights holder for the FIFA Hospitality Programme that includes the FIFA Confederations Cup in the country.

The reports also said that some wine producers have been angered by WoSA's stipulation that wines submitted for consideration to Match Hospitality had to be rated at three-and-a-half stars or above by South African wine guide Platter's.

"We don't see this as an issue," a spokesperson for WoSA told just-drinks today (5 May). "Match approached us and we have an exciting opportunity to showcase a variety of South African wines.

"No wineries complained to us directly, ... the only one we know of is Spar - Ray Edwards - a retailer who does not enter his own brands to Platter."

The same spokesperson was cited in local reports as saying that WoSA did not receive the tender details from Match Hospitality until last week.

The FIFA World Cup, which Match Hospitality also holds the exclusive hospitality licence for, takes place in South Africa in June and July, 2010.


Sectors: Wine

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