Since 1931, WineLand has been the go-to source of information for the South African wine industry. Winemakers, grape-growers, viticulturists, service providers & suppliers, researchers & academics, wine marketers & decision-makers all turn to WineLand for up-to-date and relevant content that truly captures the dynamic spirit of the Cape Winelands. Covering the entire spectrum of the wine value-chain, WineLand articles range from the latest in business and production trends (locally and internationally), viticulture and winemaking research, including social upliftment, learning, development, transformation, wine tourism, technology, marketing and advocacy.
WineLand Magazine (formerly known as Die Wynboer) is a monthly print publication, published and distributed by WineLand Media, a division of South Africa Wine, a non-profit company created to provide critical services to the wine and brandy industry value chain players to enable the industry to become more robust, transformed, agile and competitive.
The magazine is read by a subscriber base that includes 2 000+ producers and wineries, 750+ winemakers, 200+ viticulturists, including various other educational institutions, media key directors and managers, advertising agencies as well as suppliers and service providers to the industry.
The Technical section comprises mainly research articles from experts in the field of viticulture, oenology, soil science and agro-economics. This section is compiled in collaboration with SA Wine’s Research, Development & Innovation division. WineLand Media publishes the South African Wine Industry Directory 2022, a comprehensive guide to the wine industry value chain. The bulk of the index comprises profiles of all active wine producers, cellars and wineries, including new information on the pandemic impact, media and wine influencers, local and international organisations, wine routes & regions, production areas and grafted vine nurseries, as well as suppliers & service providers.
In recent years, WineLand Media has expanded its digital presence across all of its online platforms, including its website, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin & Instagram), monthly e-Newsletter and video production services.
Time to meet our team
The wonder woman
Born and bred in Namibia, Wanda did not drink a glass of wine until her paths crossed with KWV after her studies and stints in marketing and advertising. With an honors degree in journalism, she wrote for leading South African publications before her attention was captured by the world and people of wine. As an editor, everything starts and ends with her. This avid reader is always on the hunt for new content and ideas. She enjoys animals, fashion, healthy living, decorating, and music. As a mom of two boys, she knows a thing or two about frogs, football, tractors, and TikTok. When she doesn’t work, she loves to have friends over and sip on a glass of very dry white wine or run in the Boland mountains with her two Italian Greyhounds.
THE JILL OF ALL TRADES
Ingerése our very own “jill of all trades” enjoys living out her creative side through journalism and creative video content across all social media platforms. Her passion for the wine industry continues to grow as she learns more about it. Having grown up in the Cape, completing her degree at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, she has now resettled herself back in the cape winelands. She comes from a family of six and has three sisters, likes to discover new places and enjoys an episode of Friends after a long day.
From the first “hello” to receiving your copy of WineLand Magazine, all things admin is Martina’s game. She provides support to the team and ensures that the subscription cogs are always turning. Originally from the Mother City, Martina, her husband, five-year-old daughter and two dogs, have their roots deeply entrenched in the Cape Winelands. She now finds herself immersed in all things wine and her favorite pastime includes shopping, cooking, organising, and shopping (in that order).
An insatiable thirst for words that matter, carefully nurtured over years as a publisher of scholarly books, finally prompted Johannes to shift careers and begin exploring the exciting people and stories of the Cape winelands. A native of the North-West and later Pretoria, he now calls the Cape home, having settled in the Paarl with his wife and two children. As a journalist at WineLand he is guaranteed an endless supply of good company and fine wine.
Doronae de Ridder
Doronae is the soft-spoken office-pivot and anchor. She has been with WineLand for more than 35 years but enjoys and patiently endures the WineLand youngsters. This mom of two offers a supporting role regarding the budget and looks after the creditors and the Winetech Technical section with great care and attention to detail. Her eagle-eye for spotting spelling and grammatical errors is legendary. She loves traveling, interior decorating, and cooking.
Carla van der Merwe
After taking a few years off to raise her two young girls, Carla is happy and excited to re-enter the wine industry – this time in the role of Communications Officer. Her career spans 15 years in the industry with roles including journalist, tasting room manager, marketing manager, and social media manager. Married to a winemaker, she loves drinking wines and exploring the wine regions both locally and abroad. Her free time is spent at home with her family and two Beagles.
Born and bred in Durban Talitha Wessels is ready to make waves in Paarl. As the new kid on the block, she’s ready to work for an innovative and successful organisation. She describes herself as creative, adaptable and will always go the extra mile. As she starts a new chapter at WineLand as sales manager, she won’t easily back down from a challenge. When she’s not busy compiling a sales pitch, she enjoys being in Mother Nature and spending time with her friends and family.