Nominate ‘rising stars’ of 2022 in WineLand’s 30 Under 30

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Article, Blog, Business and Marketing, Development and Transformation, Lifestyle, News, Opinion, Wineland

ENTRIES ARE CLOSED. WineLand Media is looking for the next generation of wine industry role players, the youngsters to watch, the innovators and game-changers, the out-of-the-box-thinkers.

WineLand’s 2021 30 Under 30 movers & shakers.

Harnessing our expert community, vigorous vetting and wisdom of SA’s top wine professionals, we are considering and evaluating nominees for youngsters who are pushing boundaries and moving goalposts in the SA wine space.

Does this sound like someone you know? Nominations are officially open for the 2022 WineLand’s 30 Under 30 community.

Complete your 2022 NOMINATION form quick and easy here

As a small incentive, we’re giving away FOUR print OR digital subscriptions to WineLand (PLUS 2022 South African Wine Industry Directory) to those who submit their nomination forms.

The WineLand 30 Under 30 Community

This is a wake-up call to cynics who think they have seen it all. The young, creative and bold minds on last year’s #WineLand30Under30 honouree list are proof positive that the future will be new, exciting and profoundly different.

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, the 30 young winemakers, viticulturists, soil scientists, sommeliers, wine marketers, harvest assistants, brand ambassadors, bloggers (and everything else in between!) featured in our inaugural 2020 and 2021 WineLand 30 Under 30 community gave the wine industry reason for hope.



In 2021, WineLand Media, in collaboration with ROTOCON, honoured 30 young professionals who are making their mark in the South African wine industry in Paarl on Friday 28 May.

The 30 individuals from across the country were honoured during a special luncheon where they received certificates and a gift box, and were able to network with like-minded young professionals.

In-depth interviews were conducted with each of the chosen 30 Under 30 honourees, and featured in the June 2021 print issue of WineLand.

WATCH: The 2021 WineLand & ROTOCON 30 Under 30 Award luncheon in Paarl:


Shout about it on social media! Facebook & Twitter: @WineLandSA | Instagram @winelandmedia | #WL30under30

Criteria for 30 under 30:

  • Must be 30 years or younger (born in 1992, and onwards);
  • Work actively in the South African wine industry (and/or value-chain);
  • Must contribute to or have a positive impact in the wine industry;
  • Be innovative and passionate;
  • Add value to the wine industry;
  • Must be available and consent to an interview;


Nominees will be reviewed by an appointed in-house panel of judges (which includes our editor Wanda Augustyn and various Vinpro staff members).



The full list of 30 under 30s featured in the June 2021 edition:

Gerhard Augustyn | Elzanne Bosman | Mariska Brown | Inge Bruwer | Neil Bruwer | Johan de Villiers | Philip Deetlefs | Elsa du Plessis | Jorrie du Plessis | Madeleine du Toit | Pieter Willem Eksteen | Renaldo Fourie | Zahn Haasbroek | Freda-Marizen Jacobs | Mia Marike Koch | Tayla Kymdell | Sam Lambson | Jéan Langedyk | Jaen Lochner | Itumeleng Mohale | Jean Nel | Jill Onkruid | Jacques Oosthuizen | Stefan Reinmuth | Kiara Scott | Pieter Stofberg | Isabel Teubes | Richelle van der Merwe | Banele Vakele | Dianri Wessels

Click here to view the 2020 WineLand 30 Under 30 honourees.

The June issue of WineLand magazine, with the theme 30 Under 30, is dedicated to recognising the most promising young wine ambassadors in the South African wine industry.

“Our goal is to pave the way to prosperity,” says editor of WineLand Media, Wanda Augustyn.

“To make this dream a reality, we have to identify and give recognition to the young voices in the industry who are making a difference, by shining the spotlight on them. They will become the leaders of tomorrow and we want to tell their stories, share their visions for the industry and help shape their future.”

The partnership with ROTOCON highlights commitment to youth and technology development in the industry, echoing their mantra of bringing people together.

“Despite the challenges that our country’s youth are facing, there’s immense potential that can be unlocked,” ROTOCON director and co-owner Michael Aengenvoort says.

“We are committed to the development and mentorship of the young leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to seeing how they will apply and further refine their skills in the South African wine space and hope this award will inspire them to go above and beyond their duty.”

WineLand and ROTOCON hope the 30 Under 30 initiative will inspire young people to pursue their ambitions. “We’re excited to have ROTOCON as our partner to acknowledge and honour the rising stars of our industry,” Wanda says.

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