KWV swept the boards at the 2014 Veritas Awards, winning 9 Double Golds and 14 Golds, accumulating a total of 55 medals, the most of any producer.
In an extraordinary performance, KWV won the Best Producer Award for a 4th year in a row. This is the first time this has been achieved by a South African producer.
Commenting on the overall performance, KWV Chief Winemaker, Johann Fourie said, “We are delighted with the results which demonstrate strength in all categories, across wine and brandies“
He added, “The South Africa wine category has seen a huge jump in the quality and style of wines, as we have fought to compete on the international stage in tough economic times, against strong competition from both new world and old world wine producers.”
Fourie noted that whilst the rate of stylistic evolution and overall improvement amongst South African producers has been marked, “The rate of KWV’s wine style evolution in SA over the last ten years has been especially rapid, some would even say revolutionary. The focus for the wine making team has been on techniques that promote vibrancy, freshness and regionality. These attributes can be seen throughout the entire KWV product range, and it’s this focus that has underpinned our success at Veritas.”
Pieter de Bod, Chief Distiller at KWV commented, “KWV’s craftsmanship in brandy is being recognized as a credible and formidable competitor to French Cognac. Quite simply, KWV is the leader, nationally and internationally, in wine and spirit excellence.”
“KWV management have supported the wine making pursuit, with capital investment in winemaking equipment and vineyards, which has allowed our young, dynamic wine making team to innovate and experiment. Our grape growers have evolved with us also, and are a key part of our success” added Fourie.
The 9 Double Gold winners for KWV are;
Laborie Blanc de Blanc MCC 2010
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2009
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012
KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011
KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2011
KWV White Muscadel Jerepigo 1968
KWV Reserve Port Limited Edition 672 1929
KWV Alambic 15 Year Brandy Limited Release
KWV 12 Year Barrel Select Brandy
KWV is one of the leading wine and spirits producers in South Africa. Its head office is located in Paarl, in the Western Cape – a top wine producing region. The company sources wines and grapes from the best and most sought-after viticultural regions in South Africa. KWV is known internationally for brands such as Roodeberg, KWV wines, Laborie, Golden Kaan, Cathedral Cellar, Café Culture, Wild African Cream and the KWV 3, 5, 10, 12 and 20 Year Old brandies. KWV is a founder member of the Industry Association for Responsible Use of Alcohol (ARA).