About Us

The true spirit of the Cape winelands is what WineLand is all about. This publication reflects all aspects relating to products of the vine and the rich culture around it, incorporating Winetech Technical.

The Winetech technical section of WineLand comprises mainly research articles from experts in the fields of viticulture, oenology, soil science and agro-economics. This section is compiled in collaboration with Winetech, the wine industry’s network of expertise and technology.

WineLand is published and distributed by WineLand Media, a division of VinPro – the representative organisation for South African wine cellars and wine grape producers. The magazine is read by a subscriber base that includes 2 150 producers and wineries, 750 winemakers, 210 viticulturists, educational institutions, media, key directors and managers, advertising agencies/representatives, as well as suppliers to the industry.

WineLand Media also publishes the annual South African Wine Industry Directory – which features up-to-date information of everything you need to know about the industry – as well as a journal incorporating the latest scientific research, Wynboer Technical Yearbook, in collaboration with Winetech.

With a truly representative audience, WineLand is the most prominent direct media channel that communicates to the industry in its entirety. WineLand Media boasts an influential online and social media presence and creates a platform for engaging strategic discussions through events such as the annual WineLand Seminar and dynamic #Rootstock sessions. Follow @WineLandSA or find us on Facebook to join the conversation.

Recent Articles

Diemersfontein shareholding creates better future for staff and school

Thokozani Staff Holdings, owned by 65 employees of Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate in Wellington, recently bought fifty five percent (55%) shareholding in Diemersfontein Wines, the trading company of the Estate.

Rare Meerlust red promises drinking pleasure

Respected 18th century Cape wine estate Meerlust in Stellenbosch has once again honoured its commitment to self-imposed exacting standards of quality in winemaking by declassifying its world-renowned flagship Bordeaux-style blend Rubicon from the 2019 vintage. This...

Master Distiller to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Whisky Magazine announced that Andy Watts, Distell Master Distiller of a range of proudly South African whiskies, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and Three Ships Whisky, will be bestowed the great honour of being inducted into Whisky Magazine’s Whisky Hall of Fame. The...

Reinventing the tourism wheel

The global pandemic has brought the tourism sector to its knees. How will this billion rand industry recover?

The Team

Wanda Augustyn

Wanda Augustyn

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 honours degree in journalism she wrote for leading South African publications before her attention was captured by the world and people of wine. As 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.

Anton Pretorius

Anton Pretorius

The creative genius

Anton grew up in Paarl and his love for media and the outdoors has taken him all over the world as the editor of Land Rover AFRICA Magazine.

Comfortable with both pen and camera in hand, he prides himself on being a 360-degree multimedia content specialist. When he’s not chasing stories for WineLand (video, print, online or social channels), he enjoys spending quality time with his family, playing guitar, or having a braai with a glass of ice-cold Chenin Blanc.

Johannes

Doronae de Ridder

The eagle-eye

Doronae is the soft-spoken office-pivot and anchor. She has been with WineLand for more than 40 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 travelling, interior decorating and cooking.

Bernard

Martina Newman

The gatekeeper

Doronae is the soft-spoken office-pivot and anchor. She has been with WineLand for more than 40 years but enjoys and patiently endures the WineLand youngsters.

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 favourite past time includes shopping, cooking, organising and shopping (in that order).

Wanda Augustyn

Johannes Richter

The philosopher

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 journalist at WineLand he is guaranteed an endless supply of good company and fine wine.

Anton Pretorius

Jana Loots

The perfectionist

With a keen eye for detail, Jana “Changes” Loots is the dynamo behind Vinpro’s brand and member communications and a walking Wikipedia for all things Vinpro-related.

But don’t be fooled … at 1.5 m, she punches well above her weight! Her versatility, dry sense of humour, and thought-provoking story ideas add spice to the team.

Originally from a small town in KwaZulu-Natal, she has called Paarl her home for the past 17 years, where she and her husband raise their two young girls.

Johannes

Tania Matthysen

The negotiator

There is only one thing that Tania likes as much as the outdoors, and that is being around people.

This negotiator is from Swellendam and will take advertising management to the next level.

After school Tania studied in Stellenbosch and before joining Vinpro she was involved with business development at Newclip Media Monitoring.

Bernard

Lisa Lottering

The millennial

Born and bred in Cape Town, Lisa has a zest for life. This new kid on the block keeps the rest team up to date on trending topics and in true millennial fashion, she always has her phone in hand.

She’s eager to meet new people, expand her wine knowledge and master her craft in journalism.

She’s passionate about digital and social media and when she’s not shopping, she enjoys Netflix and chilling with a glass of wine or Cap Classique.

Partners

VinPro

Representative organisation for South African wine producers
www.vinpro.co.za

Winetech

Wine Industry Network of Expertise and Technology
www.winetech.co.za

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