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  Groot Constantia hosts 2015 harvest celebration

07 Jan 2015

Topics: Die Burger, Groot Constantia, Jan van Riebeeck, Naspers, Simon van der Stel, South Africa, South African wine, Standard Bank, Vinpro, wine

The South African wine industry is greeting the new vintage with the re-introduction of a public celebratory and devotional Wine Harvest Commemorative Function to be hosted on 5 February 2015 at historic wine farm Groot Constantia, where the upcoming harvest heralds the 330th year of uninterrupted winemaking.

Initiated by Groot Constantia’s independent board of trustees, tasked since 1993 with running the property as a national cultural and viticultural asset, the black-tie event takes place at the estate’s Simon’s Restaurant.

Tickets – available at R700 per person or for groups buying tables seating either eight or ten people – will allow wine lovers to enter into the spirit of looking ahead to the new harvest with wine industry members while celebrating over 350 years of winemaking in South Africa.

Guests will enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal paired with Groot Constantia’s finest wines to the accompaniment of live music, in celebration of the bounty of the earth and the industry’s centuries-old heritage.

This will be interspersed with devotional moments in anticipation of a successful harvest: traditional prayers and blessings offered up by winegrowers across the world.

The event has also been chosen to award the newly minted 1659 Medal of Honour to an individual, selected by the Groot Constantia board from nominations and motivations received from within the industry, as having made a “pioneering, positive and significant contribution [that] should have significantly changed the thinking and/or lives of people with clear evidence of a special legacy”.

The medal records the year that wine was first made on South African soil, on 2 February as per the diary of the Cape’s founding father in 1652, Jan van Riebeeck. Groot Constantia was established as a farm with vineyards by subsequent governor of the new Dutch enclave, Simon van der Stel, in 1685.

For more information on this special event (co-sponsored by media conglomerate Naspers’ Chairman’s Fund, Die Burger newspaper, Standard Bank and industry consultants Vinpro), or to book tickets, contact Eunice Joubert on email

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