The Western Cape minister of agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, recently congratulated Kanonkop Wine Estate for winning the Most Outstanding Wine Producer Award at the 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), which was held at the Guildhall in London.

The IWSC is one of the biggest shows on the world’s wine calendar attracting approximately 5 500 entries from about 50 countries.

There are 564 wine cellars in the Western Cape, which constitutes 98% of all wine cellars in South Africa.

SA wine industry’s impact on the economy

Approximately 98% of the country’s wine farms are based in the Western Cape, which accounts for 50% of all wine product exports. “The wine industry is an important contributor to the agricultural economy in our province and a major creator of jobs in the Western Cape,” adds minister Meyer.

“This award confirms the consistent quality of South African winemaking and certainly supports the Western Cape Government’s objective to promote market access and increase wine exports by giving us further exposure in international markets. Other winning producers include Beyerskloof, Stellenrust and Spier Wine Farm,” concludes minister Meyer. – Press release, Western Cape Government