The 2nd of February marks the day that South Africa’s wine industry was born – 362 years ago in 1659.  Ours is the only country in the world with a recorded official date that marks such an important historic moment, and momentous occasions require momentous celebrations!

Every year in February the South African wine industry honours this special occasion, and this year the industry is calling on all South Africans to join in the celebrations and pay homage to the origins of our exceptional South African wines.


On Tuesday 2 February at 19:00, the public were invited to attend a virtual event which celebrated the wine industry’s birthday, asked for a blessing on the new harvest, and showcased and paid tribute to the trailblazers in the industry.

This event is usually a grand black-tie evening held at Groot Constantia – the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa – however this year things were done differently and the celebration was virtual. The programme included performances by the internationally acclaimed opera singers and sisters Pretty and Nombulelo Yende.

The virtual celebration event was open to all. It’s still available to watch. Visit to see all the action.


The past year has been extremely tough on the wine industry and current lock down measures prohibit on-site wine sales and consumption, however wine-lovers can purchase wine from their favourite wine farm now, to be delivered once the lockdown levels allow. This is a great way to not only support the wine industry and ensure that you are prepared once the levels are lifted to enjoy your favourite wines once again, but to also celebrate the official historic birthday of South Africa’s wine industry.

All wine loving South Africans are urged to put their full support behind the wine industry by visiting their favourite wine estates – once restrictions are lifted – taste and buy the world-class wines, talk about them, and share their experiences on social media with #sawineharvest2021 – whilst remaining responsible of course.