Since 1993, the Institute of Cape Wine Masters has presented its annual Wine Personality of the Year award at the black-tie dinner following its AGM in May. This prestigious award is dedicated to those people in the South African wine industry that have excelled above others in education, marketing, winemaking or spreading the message about wine in various ways.

2003 – Colin Collard
2002 – Michael Fridjhon
2001 – Frans Malan
2000 – Cape Wine Academy
1999 – Dave Hughes
1998 – Prof Joel van Wyk
1997 – Phyllis Hands
1996 – Sydney Back
1995 – Peter Devereux (posthumous)
1994 – Julius Lazlo
1993 – John Platter