Viticulturalist Prof Piet Goussard received the iconic 1659 medal of honour award on 7 February at the annual Wine Harvest Commemorative Event at the historic Groot Constantia Estate.

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According to Dr Ernest Messina, chairman of Groot Constantia, the medal has been awarded to significant role-players in the industry since 1974.

“Prof Goussard has played a major role in training, research and technology transfer in viticulture throughout his career and is a recognised expert in several important aspects of viticulture,” said Messina. “His significant career achievements are testament to a professional life dedicated to the advancement of viticulture as a discipline and to the South African grape and wine industries.”

Prof Piet Goussard (middle), recipient of the 1659 medal of honour, with former recipients Duimpie Bayly (1999), Norma Ratcliffe (2015), Jan Scannell (2014) and Charles Back (2017).

Prof Goussard is from Prieska and later the Agter-Paarl where he was introduced to the world of table and wine grape farming during school holidays. He joined the department of Viticulture and Oenology (DVO) at Stellenbosch University as a student in 1965 and ended his career there as a professor in Viticulture in 2010. He served as head of department for 14 years.

His research output is well recognised and much of it is used today in the nursery industries. He has published 70 scientific and popular articles and received several awards, including the South African Society for Enology and Viticulture’s (SASEV) prestigious Medal of Merit in 2001. He also was the editor of the society’s flagship journal, the South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture for 15 years. Often called ‘a walking viticulture encyclopedia’, Prof Goussard has published three books in the last eight years, combining his extensive knowledge of viticulture with his passion for photography.

The Wine Harvest Commemorative Event is made possible with the financial support and partnership of Groot Constantia Estate, Die Burger, Standard Bank and Vinpro. – Press release

Prof Piet Goussard (middle), 2019 recipient of the 1659 medal of honour, with partners of the Wine Harvest Commemorative Event, Dr Ernest Messina (chairman of Groot Constantia), Reghardt Strauss (Standard Bank’s agricultural specialist in the Western Cape), Anton Smuts (chairman of Vinpro) and Willem Jordaan (editor of Die Burger)

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