Nominations open for WineLand’s ’30 Under 30′ community

by | Feb 22, 2021 | Article

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.

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 list are proof positive that the future will be new, exciting and profoundly different. These youngster are pushing boundaries, moving goalposts and making serious inroads in the South African wine space. Harnessing our expert community, robust reporting, vigorous vetting and the wisdom of South Africa’s top wine professionals, we’re currently considering and evaluating nominees.

Past honourees include: Ferdinand Coetsee, Laurie Cooper, Derek-James Crabtree, Ruth Faro, Gynore Fredericks, Urle Hansen, Jenna Higgins, Danielle Jacobs, Nina Keyser, Nizanne Kock, Allison Leukes, Cyril Meidinger, Eben Meiring, Kirsten Myburgh, Karlin Nel, Jamie-Leigh Overmeyer, Natasha Pretorius, Delaille Raubenheimer, Kelsey Shungking, Morgan Steyn, Lieza van der Merwe, Megan van der Merwe, Le Roi van de Vyver, Raphaela van Embden, Rudger van Wyk, Philip Viljoen, Yuliia Vilkova, Jamie Williams, Natasha Williams and Lelethu Zondani.

These are the young men and women who will shape the future of the wine industry. This year we celebrate the second WineLand 30 Under 30 community. They are the country’s game changers, innovators and role players who make their mark in the South African wine industry. 

The 30 Under 30 community will tell the stories of winemakers, producers, viticulturists, brand managers/ambassadors, farm managers, wine importers, front-of-house workers, cellar workers, lab technicians, sommeliers, vineyard managers, wine educators, wine writers and anyone with a passion for wine. The stories of today will shape the future of the wine industry. 

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW? Nominations are officially open for the 2021 edition of WineLand’s 30 Under 30 community. Interviews will be conducted with chosen nominees and will feature in the June 2021 issue of the WineLand Magazine



  • Must be younger than 30 (born in 1991 or later);
  • 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;
  • Should be available for an interview;

If you think you (or someone you know) have what it takes to feature in our #WineLand30Under30 community, submit your nomination today. 

Email and include a name and surname, birthdate, short bio and contact number/email address.

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

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