• To reflect a wine’s distinct provenance and varietal character through an expression of site, soil topography, climate and micro-climate.
    This combined with the skill and passion of the vintner will result in a wine of unique and identifiable origin and sense of place.

    The pursuit of sustainable and respectful viticultural practices. To give credence to the protection of both cultivated and virgin land and in so doing, create a harmonious environment in which to grow and make fine wine.

    To allow for a distinctive expression of a site specific wine through meticulous vineyard management to ensure balanced yields and wines. Great wines are not produced in large volumes.
    The uniqueness and rarity of a CVC wine will support credible and sustainable pricing.

    Cape wines have been made since 1659. The CVC endevours to reflect over 350 years of winemaking culture through the vintners who have passed on their knowledge of the soils and vineyards from one generation to the next. In continuing this tradition we create a sustainable and viable foundation for future generations.

  • The Cape is one of the most diverse wine growing regions in the world.
    The CVC vision is to express this diversity through distinctive site specific Estate wines that capture the natural beauty of the environment in which they are grown.

    CVC accredited wines are grown, made and bottled by the Estates to ensure meticulous management and control of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle.
    The Estates will present a cellar door experience that matches global standards and accredited wines will carry the CVC seal of quality.

    CVC members will communicate and share information both internally and externally. In order to build sustainable and credible value to the CVC, a strategy of clear effective communication to local and international trade and press will be implemented together with collective representation at key wine shows and presentations.

    To attain and maintain CVC accreditation requires unwavering passion and commitment. In order to fully understand and express a specific vineyard site requires not only years but decades. It is the vision of the CVC to lay a foundation on which to create Cape wines that stand alongside the finest in the world.

  • On 2 February 1659 Jan van Riebeeck, produces the first wine recorded in South Africa and proclaims. “Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.”

    Constantia wines are exported to Europe and wins favour with Napoleon Bonaparte and the French court.

  • The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 resulted from the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, when Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France’s best Bordeaux wines.

    The Cape vineyards are devastated by Phylloxera which results in a complete renaissance of Cape wine with the new vine grafting techniques.

  • The establishment of the “Ko-operatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika” (KWV) by South African wine farmers to create industry regulation.

    Dr Anton Rupert establishes the Distillers Corporation pioneering the making, marketing and distribution of Cape wines.

  • First Estate wines made and certified by the Cape Estate Wine Producers Association.

    The inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. This reopens international markets for the export of South African wine.

  • The establishment of the Cape Vintner Classification CVC as an independent body committed to the accreditation, governance, representation and promotion of distinctive regional site specific Cape wines.

  • CVC

    The CVC Founders

    Anthonij Rupert Wyne
    Johann Rupert
    De Wetshof
    Danie De Wet
    Neil Ellis
    Neil Ellis
    Johann Krige
    Rust en Vrede
    Jean Engelbrecht
    Don Tooth
    Welbedacht Wine
    Schalk Burger
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  • 1855 1886
  • 1918 1955
  • 1972 1994
  • 2013
  • The vision of CVC
  • The legacy of 1659 - 2013
  • The CVC founders