Wine Personality of the Year

2019 – Cathy van Zyl

2019 – Cathy van Zyl

This year the Institute of Cape Wine Masters also designated internationally acclaimed wine judge Cathy van Zyl, MW, as the Wine Personality of the Year at a gala dinner held at the Longridge Wine Estate on Saturday, 11 May. Duimpie Bayly CWM, Philip van Zyl, Cathy...

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2018 – Rosa Kruger

2018 – Rosa Kruger

Rosa Kruger, well-known viticulturist, now the driving force behind the Old Vines Project was designated Wine Personality of the Year.She receives it for her dedication to training in the field of viticulture and her passion for the old vines in South Africa, a...

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2017 – Cassie du Plessis

2017 – Cassie du Plessis

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,...

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2016 – Charl Theron

2016 – Charl Theron

At the annual Institute of Cape Wine Masters Dinner on Saturday, 7 May, the special award of Wine Personality of the Year was presented to Charl Theron. The glamorous dinner was held at Old Mutual House, Constantia.Charl Theron is the CEO of the Cape Vintners...

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2015 – David Biggs

2015 – David Biggs

David Biggs has travelled a complicated route to arrive in the world of wine. Brought up on a sheep farm in the Karoo he tried a number of careers, attending a course in graphic design at Michaelis Art School, becoming a milk tester in the Eastern Cape, a cattle...

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2014 – Hein Koegelenberg

2014 – Hein Koegelenberg

The Institute has named La Motte and Leopard’s Leap CEO Hein Koegelenberg as its Wine Personality of the year.Hein began making wine in 1984 at Spier Wine Estate and later was CEO at Windmeul Cellar before moving to La Motte. A huge supporter of and ambassador for...

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2013 – Prof Eben Archer

2013 – Prof Eben Archer

The Institute of Cape Wine Masters (ICWM) awarded its “Wine Personality of the Year” award on Saturday 4 May 2013 to world renowned viticulturist Prof Eben Archer. The Chairman of the ICWM, Dr Andy Roediger, says that Prof Archer has contributed widely to the...

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2012 – Dr Paul Clüver

2012 – Dr Paul Clüver

The Wine Personality of the Year award for 2012 was presented to Dr Paul Clüver of Paul Cluver Wines and De Rust Estate in Elgin.His visionary contribution to the wine industry includes biodiversity, conservation and environmental tourism as well as black empowerment...

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2011 – Spatz Sperling

2011 – Spatz Sperling

The Wine Personality of the Year award for 2011 was presented to wine legend Spatz Sperling by the Institute of Cape Wine Masters at a dinner that was held at the Old Barrel Cellar at Delheim on 7 May 2011.Spatz came to South Africa after World War II, in 1951 to the...

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2010 – Pietman Retief

2010 – Pietman Retief

On the 8th of May 2010, the Institute of Cape Wine Masters presented their Wine Personality of the Year Award to Pietman Retief for his contribution to the Wine and Brandy Industry over more than 40 years.He was the Executive Director of The Brandy Foundation for 12...

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2009 – Charles Back

2009 – Charles Back

The ICWM Wine Personality Award of 2009 was presented to wine legend Charles Back of Fairview at a glittering black tie event held at the impressive KWV Cathedral Cellar in Paarl, on the 9th of May.It is said that wine is made in the vineyard, but it is the influence...

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2008 – Dawid Saayman

2008 – Dawid Saayman

At our AGM black tie dinner at Beluga restuarant on 10 May 2008, the Institute presented the Wine Personality of the Year Award to Dawid Saayman. From left to right: Bennie Howard (Chairman ICWM), Dawid Saayman and Duimpie Bayly (CWM). From left to right: Dawid...

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