Wine Industry

SOUTH AFRICAN YOUNG WINE SHOW

The first wine show in South Africa was started by Agri-Expo in 1833. The SA YOUNG WINE SHOW is the oldest wine show in South Africa, with more than 2000 entries judged in 17 categories each year. The General Smuts Trophy is awarded to the Top Young Wine of the current vintage. The eight participating wine regions are Robertson, Worcester, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Oranje-Vaal, Olifants River, Swartland and Klein Karoo.  Individual entries from outside these regions are also allowed.

VERITAS WINE AWARDS

The VERITAS WINE AWARDS give recognition to wines of exceptional quality and the distinctive Veritas symbol of excellence serves as an authoritative quality guideline. Veritas is the biggest wine show in South Africa. Agri-Expo supports the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) with this project.

350 YEARS OF WINE

Agri-Expo was part of the initiative to celebrate 350 years of wine in South Africa on 2 February 2009 at Groot Constantia.  Although South Africa is counted amongst the New World’s wine producers, the first grapes were pressed at the Cape in 1659 under Jan van Riebeeck. He came to the Cape in 1652 to establish a settlement on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.