South African wine businesses will get together at the start of 2022 to explore the state of the industry and equip themselves with insights and tools needed to revive, recover and rebuild in the year ahead. 

The Nedbank Vinpro Information Day, with the theme Revive. Recover. Rebuild will be held from 09:00 to 13:00 on 20 January 2022. Limited seating is available for physical attendance at Allée Bleue, Franschhoek, with the event being livestreamed for virtual attendance as well.

“The South African wine industry will rise up again to reach its full potential following one of the toughest periods yet,” says Vinpro MD Rico Basson. “At the Nedbank Vinpro Information Day we will examine the next steps each individual and business in our value-chain need to take to achieve our vision towards a more robust, competitive, profitable and sustainable industry.” The event will be hosted as two themed back-to-back sessions of 100 minutes each, with a 30-minute break.


Session 1: From consumer to farm

The South African wine industry’s Covid-19 recovery plan includes stimulating the demand by driving exports and growing local sales and revenue through wine tourism. Wine grape producers and wineries are also increasingly adopting a consumer-focused approach in the vineyard and cellar while innovating for efficiency.

Lulie Halstead, CEO of Wine Intelligence, a global market research and strategy consultancy, will kick-off the first session with a review of consumer trends that will continue beyond Covid-19, globally and in South Africa. Vinpro wine tourism manager Marisah Nieuwoudt will share milestones in the wine tourism sector over the past four years, as well as actionable insights that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable industry going forward.

As the economy recovers from the impact of the pandemic, wine businesses have an opportunity to rebuild with more balanced models. Conrad Schutte, Vinpro’s consultation service manager, will share insights into the upcoming harvest and look into smart production trends that will shape your business in 2022 and beyond.

Session 2: The bigger picture

Taking a step back in the second session, two knowledgeable panels will discuss the macro-environmental factors that influence wine-related businesses, and how it can navigate these forces to ensure that they remain on course.

For the South African wine industry to survive and thrive, it needs to focus on the planet and people, as well as profit. We take a look at case studies and gain perspectives on what is being done, and can be done more effectively to improve inclusive growth, sustainability and ethical practices. Bruce Jack, owner of Bruce Jack Wines; Bridgitte Backman, vice president of Communications and Public Policy and Government Affairs (PPGA) at PepsiCo; and Ronald Ramabulana, chair of the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) will address this topic.

The South African wine industry was hit hard by the effects of Covid-19 which brought with it a whole new set of challenges to address. Constantly striving to promote growth, we look at the current state of the wine industry within the context of much needed economic growth and policy certainty, underpinned by political will. Panellists unpacking this topic include Vinpro MD Rico Basson, Nedbank Group chief economist Nicky Weimar and well-known political analyst and former editor of the Sowetan, Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Collaborate for success

“We can only rebuild towards a stronger and more sustainable South African wine industry by forming and nurturing strategic partnerships across the value-chain. Apart from it’s close collaboration with and support to our industry throughout this difficult year, we are grateful to present the Nedbank Vinpro Information Day 2022 with Nedbank once again as the main sponsor,” Basson says.

The event will be held for the 16th year, with Nedbank being the main sponsor since 2006. The day will also be presented in partnership with Old Mutual. Daneel Rossouw, Nedbank’s functional head for agriculture in relationship channels, says that Nedbank is extremely proud to have partnered with Vinpro on this event for such a long time. “Key partnerships such as these are vital for growing the agricultural sector.”

“At Nedbank, we see agriculture as a long-term investment that plays a vital role in our economic recovery. We partner with strategic role-players to contribute to a growing, sustainable, transformed and resilient agricultural sector that ultimately contributes positively to the benefit of the country as a whole. We are particularly excited to see the focus on sustainability and ecotourism at the 2022 event, as our business values are entrenched in sustainability and using our financial expertise to do good,” Rossouw says.

Registration is compulsory and closes on 17 January 2022. The registration costs are as follows:

Vinpro members R800 per person*, non-members R1 200 per person.
(Please also see requirement for in-person attendance below)

Vinpro members R450 per person*, non-members R600 per person.

* Vinpro member discount is applicable to two tickets per member.

Register online at or contact Vinpro on 021 276 0458 or


To ensure the safety of all our delegates, only fully vaccinated persons may attend the event at Allée Bleue. To this end, a copy of the vaccination certificate of each delegate should accompany their proof of registration. Should you not be able to provide such proof, you are welcome to register for the virtual event.

PLEASE NOTE: In light of uncertainty about Covid-19, we are required to restrict capacity at the physical venue. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis only. As an alternative, attendees can also register for the virtual attendance. The Covid-19 situation will be monitored continuously and we will communicate additional availability at Allée Bleue early in January 2022.

Wanda Augustyn
Vinpro Communications Manager
Tel: 021 276 0458


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