At the annual Institute of Cape Wine Masters’ Black Tie Dinner on Saturday, 6 May 2017, the special award of Wine Personality of the Year was presented to Cassie du Plessis. The glamorous event was held at The Vine Bistro at Glenelly in Stellenbosch.

Cassie du Plessis, former editor of Winelands magazine and now media consultant, freelance writer and photographer, was designated Wine Personality of the Year in recognition of his contribution to wine journalism by promoting the image of wine over a period of 33 years – from his first appointment as chief media officer for KWV in 1984 through to his 15-year editorship of WynLand (formerly Wynboer) magazine, and his stint as communications manager of VinPro until his retirement from KWV in November 2013.

Cassie du Plessis and his wife Maryna, with Bennie Howard CWM

Sandy Harper CWM and Dr Johanna Steyn

Cassie du Plessis

Cassie du Plessis receiving the award from Conrad Louw, the Chairperson of the ICWM

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