ON 1 February, the Wine Harvest Commemorative Event was held at Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa. The event celebrated the birth of South African wine, blesses the new harvest, and recognised outstanding contributions to the wine industry.
“As always, the honourees are a reflection of the strength of the South African wine industry,” said chairman of the Groot Constantia Trust, Clifford Van der Venter. “Their contributions ensure the continued success of the industry.”
- 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership: Tim Hutchinson
This prestigious award went to Tim Hutchinson, leader of one of the largest independent wine companies in South Africa. His bold moves forever shaped the course of South African wine.
“Recognition by one’s peers makes all the hard work worthwhile. Thanks to all who share my vision. This award is just as much yours,” said Hutchinson.
- Wine Advancement: Cathy Marston
Cathy Marston is the 2024 recipient for her contributions to the image of South African wine and the wine industry in general.
Marston is an esteemed wine taster, judge and journalist, as well as a wine educator with global influence. She founded the prestigious International Wine Education Centre (IWEC) in Cape Town, which offers the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualifications.
- Growing Inclusivity: Ilse Ruthford
Ilse Ruthford is managing director of Compagniesdrift, which is a 100% black-owned company. Ruthford mentors young people and serves on the board of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, leading socio-economic development.
- Viti- and Viniculture: Dawid Saayman
This award honours individuals for their innovative ideas, technologies, and practices in the wine-making industry.
Dawid Saayman is a soil scientist who defined the concept of terroir in South African wine by understanding geology, soil types, and climate in the South African ‘Wine of Origin’ scheme.
The 2024 Wine Harvest Commemorative Event was made possible with the support of Groot Constantia, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Wesgro, South Africa Wine, Standard Bank, Checkers, Die Burger, and Cape Town Tourism.