The South African wine industry celebrates a special occasion on Thursday 6 February 2020 when it commemorates the industry’s first vintage on South African soil on 2 February 1659, as recorded by Jan van Riebeeck.
The annual Wine Harvest Commemorative event takes place at South Africa’s oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia Estate, which was established in 1685 by the then Governor, Simon van der Stel.
During this event a special 1659 medal of honour will be awarded to a South African wine icon. This medal has been awarded since 1974 to persons who have made a significant mark in the wine industry. The viticulturist Prof Piet Goussard was the recipient of this prestigious award in 2019.
The event has three objectives, namely to honour role players, to ask the blessing on the harvest and to commemorate the wine industry. A number of wine industry leaders, icons and stalwarts as well as the general public attend the event, made possible with the financial support and partnership of Groot Constantia Estate, Die Burger, Standard Bank, Vinpro and the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show. Agri-Expo is the organiser.
This strictly black-tie event is one of the highlights on the South African wine calendar. You can book your ticket now at R800 per person. This includes a three-course meal by Simon’s Restaurant on Groot Constantia served with exquisite wines from the estate, as well as world-class entertainment by members of the Libertas Choir. Table bookings for eight to 10 people are also available. Contact Razelle Galant at 021 975 4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.