The SA Wine industry celebrate 363 years

The SA Wine industry celebrate 363 years

The South African Wine industry celebrated 363 years of South African wine heritage on 2 February 2022 This momentous day marked the start of the SA winemaking industry, and called for all with a passion for South African wine to come together, and join in the celebratory online free event.

South Africa is the only country in the world that can accurately pinpoint the date of origin of the wine industry, thanks to Jan van Riebeeck’s diary entry on 2 February 1659 which read: “Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes”.
During the event the wine industry gave due recognition to individuals for their exceptional contribution in the following categories: Visionary Leadership, Diversity and Transformation, Wine Appreciation and Wine Advancement, and Viticulture and Wine Creation.

This ceremony has been hosted since 1974 to honour individuals who have made great strides in the industry.
The ceremony has been hosted since 1974 to honour individuals who have made great strides in the industry.

The blessing of the 2022 harvest took place in the vineyards of Groot Constantia by Rev Desmond Meyer of the Uniting Reformed Church Koelenhof. Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm established in 1685 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, and is considered the historical birthplace of the South African wine industry.

 

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