The South African wine industry celebrates a special occasion on Thursday 7 February 2019, when the event commemorates the industry’s first vintage on South African soil on 2 February 1659, which was recorded by Jan van Riebeeck. And the Gugulethu Tenors perform at the event. The annual Wine Harvest Commemorative event takes place at South Africa’s oldest wine estate, Known as Groot Constantia Estate, which was established in 1685 by the then Governor, Simon van der Stel.
This formal evening is known for three special events, namely the Blessing on the Harvest, the commemoration of the wine industry’s 360th year of existence, and especially the honouring of a wine icon or institution with the 1659 medal of honour for his/her/its contribution to the industry. This medal has been awarded since 1974 to persons who made a significant mark in the wine industry. South Africa’s unsung wine workers were the collective recipient of this prestigious award in 2018. Cost R800 pp which includes a 3 – course meal.