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.
Wanda is the epitome of efficiency. As head of communication and the editorial team, this Namibian-born Sauvignon Blanc fanatic adds structure to life at WineLand and its publications and ensures that both fun and serious content is presented with flair. Drafts with grammatical errors are dealt with sternly and expertly. When she does not spend time with words, which she loves, she runs in the Boland mountains with her greyhounds or fights superheroes with her two boys.
With a keen eye for a typo and witty comments, Jana is VinPro’s internal communication dynamo that punches way above her weight. She is versatile and can tackle anything from a complex communication strategy to a community project with gusto, enthusiasm and a smile. Her dry sense of humour is also a breath of fresh air, as well as her ability to come up with interesting and though-provoking story ideas. Ideas many a time inspired by her two small girls.
An insatiable fondness for words, carefully nurtured over years as a publisher of scholarly books, finally prompted Johannes to shift careers and seek fame and fortune in the Cape winelands. As journalist at WineLand he is guaranteed an endless supply of good company and fine wine while trying to come up with something witty to say. Which he often does.
From the first “hello” to receiving your WineLand in the mail, Martina makes sure the subscription cogs are turning. She hails from the Mother City, but after a stint on a plum farm near Pniel, she lost her heart on the platteland and now finds herself immersed in all things wine. A personal trainer in her previous life, she now gets plenty of exercise running after a busy two-year old … and might have to fight the urge to whip the team into shape!
There is only one thing that Tania likes as much as the outdoors, and that is being around people. The latest addition to the WineLand team 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.
Doronae de Ridder
Doronae is the soft spoken office-pivot and anchor. She has been with WineLand for more than 20 years, but endures and often enjoys the WineLand youngsters patiently. This mom of two girls looks after the Winetech Technical section with great care and attention to detail. Her eagle eye for spotting spelling and grammatical errors is legendary.
Anton is a local boy who grew up in Paarl. After a stint in Gauteng for his studies, he returned to the Cape to pursue his career as journalist with vigour. Never one to sit still for too long, his love for writing and the outdoors has taken him all over Africa as editor of Land Rover magazine. When he’s not chasing after stories for WineLand, Anton likes to spend quality time with his wife, playing guitar and participating in various sports.
Born and bred in the Western Cape, Lisa is a lively individual with a positive outlook on life. Although she has worked as an agricultural writer (predominately in digital), this is her first stint in wine. But Lisa is eager to meet new people and expand her wine knowledge. She’s energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about her work. All of these qualities makes Lisa an ideal candidate for communications officer. She loves fashion, travelling and trying new foods, and occasionally enjoys a glass of wine. She’s particularly fond of sparkling wine, but if you want to get on Lisa’s good side, buy her a bottle of Beyerskloof Merlot or Kloof Street Chenin Blanc.