On Tuesday 2 February 2021, the South African Wine Industry commemorates the first vintage on South African soil 362 years ago on the same day in 1659, as recorded by Jan van Riebeeck in his diary.

The annual Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is hosted at Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate for the 10th consecutive year. The event will however be presented virtually this year.

This event involves three aspects, namely the Blessing of the Harvest, the commemoration of the wine industry’s 362nd year of existence, and the honouring of role players. Every year a wine icon or institution receives the special 1659 Visionary Leadership Award for his or her or their contribution to the industry. Three new awards will also be introduced this year as part of the Wine Harvest Commemorative Event. Numerous people make invaluable contributions to the advancement of the wine industry. The goal with these three new awards is to broaden the pool of recognition. These awards cover the categories Diversity and Transformation; Wine Appreciation and Wine Advancement; as well as Viticulture and Wine Creation.

Financial support and partnerships for the event are from Groot Constantia Estate, Die Burger, Standard Bank, Vinpro and the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show. Agri-Expo is the organiser.

The virtual event takes place on Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 19:00 on the website www.sawineharvest.co.za and is open to all. The programme includes performances by the internationally acclaimed opera singers and sisters Pretty and Nombulelo Yende. For any enquiries, contact Razelle Galant at razelle@agriexpo.co.za or 021 975 4440.

The Blessing of the Harvest by Rev Desmond Meyer of the Uniting Reformed Church Koelenhof
The 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership
For a preview of what to expect at this year’s Virtual Wine Harvest Commemorative Event – view this video of last year’s celebration hosted at the historic Groot Constantia Estate to commemorate the first vintage on South African soil. The event was attended by wine industry leaders, icons and stalwarts from across the country.

Isabeau Botha

Corporate Communication Manager
021 975 4440
072 247 5868

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