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Wine calendars most prestigious event open for bookings

Tickets are selling fast for the most prestigious wine event in South Africa – the Wine Harvest Commemorative Function.

This unique event will take place on the Groot Constantia wine Estate on Thursday 05 February 2015 in the Simon’s restaurant.       

An evening of glitz and glamour
“The Wine Harvest Commemorative Function was re-initiated by the Groot Constantia board and is co-sponsored by the Naspers Chairman’s Fund, Die Burger, VinPro and Standard Bank. It is an evening of glitz and glamour as wine lovers gather on the Estate in their black tie attire. On this occasion, which is embraced and supported by the wine industry in South Africa, prayers and devotional moments are humbly performed in anticipation of a successful wine harvest.

The rest of the programme is a fun-filled evening where an increasing number of younger guests get to mingle and network with more seasoned and experienced wine personalities. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course gastronomic experience paired with some of Groot Constantia’s best wines and accompanied by good music.  All of this will take place at one of Cape Town’s most splendid and tranquil surroundings - ensuring a memorable evening.

Restaurant Groot Constantia

1659 Medal of Honour Award
Another important aspect of the Wine Harvest Function evening is to honour an SA wine personality. The recipient of the coveted 1659 Medal of Honour should have demonstrated that a pioneering, positive and significant contribution to the wine industry has been made - of which there must be tangible and substantial evidence. The efforts of the recipient must be worthy of praise and should  have significantly changed the thinking and/or lives of people with clear evidence of a special legacy. The Board of Groot Constantia conceptualised the criteria for this award and makes a very careful selection from industry nominations. Through this initiative the Board hopes that others will be encouraged and inspired to continue to strive towards making a difference.

Groot Constantia – a perfectly fitting venue
South Africa is one of only a handful of wine producing countries in the world that has a generally accepted founding date when the wine industry was started.  It is therefore fitting that an event which celebrates and gives thanks for the very first wine having been made on South African soil on 2 February 1659 be held at Groot Constantia. Groot Constantia, established in 1685 by the then Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, is South Africa’s oldest wine estate and will celebrate 330 years of continuous winemaking in 2015.  It is therefore the rightful and appropriate place to have the Wine Harvest Function on the Estate. 

“During the Eighteenth Century, wines produced in the cellar of the Groot Constantia estate received international acclaim for their superior quality.  In fact, it is documented that before his death in 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, exiled former leader of France enjoyed wine, produced in Groot Constantia’s cellars, shipped over to St Helena every month where he was held captive,” according to Jean Naudé, General Manager of Groot Constantia.

Tickets for the Wine Harvest Function cost R700 per person and companies and/or individuals can buy tables that seat 8 or 10 people.  For more information or to book contact Eunice Joubert on email


Issued by Fusion Design Integrated Brand Agency on behalf of Groot Constantia

Contact: 0861 321 777


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