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As part of the South African wine industry’s 364th birthday celebrations next year, under the campaign SA WINE HARVEST 1659, we are calling on all in the industry to nominate worthy candidates to be considered for recognition at the official Wine Harvest Commemorative Event on 2 February 2023.

WHY are we celebrating on the 2nd of February?

South Africa is the only country in the world that can accurately pinpoint the exact date of origin of its 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”.

WHAT is the Wine Harvest Commemorative Event?

The Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is hosted annually on 2 February to mark the official birthday of the SA wine industry in 1659. The event also serves as a blessing of the new harvest and the South African wine industry pays official tribute to, and honours, role players for their ground-breaking contributions.

On 2 February 2023, at the Wine Harvest Commemorative Event, the 2023 recipients will be announced.

HOW do I get involved?

The Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is now calling on all in the industry to nominate potential candidates to be considered for recognition in the following categories, according to the set criteria:

THE 1659 VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AWARD CATEGORY

The person or institution who receives recognition in the 1659 Visionary Leadership Award category should have made an essential contribution towards the industry, of which there must be substantial evidence. The industry (or a specific aspect thereof) must have been influenced positively by it and must have a lasting impact with all indications of a special legacy. It must be worthy of praise and significantly changed the thinking and/or lives of people. There must be clear indications of intellectual conceptualising the idea which must be creative, innovative and unique and already been proved in practise. It should encourage and inspire others in the industry to do the same or even better.

VITICULTURE AND WINE CREATION CATEGORY

The person or institution who receives recognition in the Viticulture and Wine Creation Category should have developed new ideas, technologies and methods within the wine-making industry, implementing and transferring these ideas and methodologies, changing mindsets, and benefitting the South African wine industry overall.

WINE APPRECIATION AND WINE ADVANCEMENT CATEGORY

The person or institution who receives recognition in the Wine Appreciation & Wine Advancement Category should have made noticeable contributions towards the image of wine, and the responsible use of it, as well as building the image of the South African wine industry as a whole through their width of reach.

DIVERSITY AND TRANSFORMATION CATEGORY

The person or institution who receives recognition in the Diversity and Transformation Category should go to a recipient who has set an inspirational example, paving the way for others through the elimination of barriers, contributing to the knowledge that others can use, and having an overall effect on the image of the South African wine industry.

Please Note: Nominations received will be kept on record and could be used again for future consideration if not successful in the specific year of nomination.

Past winners 

Over the years, many greats have been honoured, such as Nelson Mandela, Unsung Wine Workers, Norma Ratcliffe, Beyers Truter, Charles Back – and in 2022, Carmen Stevens, Denise Stubbs, Francois Viljoen and Christine Rudman joined this elite group.

Submit your nomination

Submit your nomination today at nominate@sawineharvest.co.za

Closing date for nominations is 24 August 2022

Wine Harvest Commemorative Event serves to engage the hearts and minds of people in the local wine industry and everyone with a passion for South African wine – thank you for your support!

This Event is made possible through the financial support and partnerships with Groot Constantia, Ninety One, Vinpro, Standard Bank and Die Burger.

 

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