Wynoesfunksie_web-1On 2 February 2016, the South African wine industry will commemorate the first wine that was made on home soil by Jan van Riebeeck in 1659.


The annual Blessing of the Harvest will be held at Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine estate. The prestigious event will include a celebration of the rich heritage of the South African wine industry, a blessing on the 2016 harvest and the presentation of a special 1659 medal of honour to a wine icon in the industry.


The award has been presented to persons who have made their mark in the wine industry since 1974. Norma Ratcliffe from Warwick Estate was the first woman to receive this exclusive accolade last year.


Guests will be treated to a three course dinner from Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia, along with selected wines from the estate. The musical mastery of the Hungarian Trio and the well-known Libertas Choir, with Pieter Cronjé as master of ceremonies, promise to make this a highlight on the wine industry calendar.


The Blessing of the Harvest is made possible by financial contributions and partnerships with Groot Constantia Estate, Die Burger, Standard Bank, VinPro and Agri-Expo.


Book a table for eight to ten persons at R750 per person. The dress code is strictly evening wear. Contact Razelle Segers at 021 975 4440 or



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