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History of KWV


KWV was founded by all the wine farmers in the South African industry in 1918 - the same year that Nelson Mandela wasborn. Its main role was to stabilize, support and structure a young, struggling industry.Over decades since, KWV has played a central role in regulating the industry - a role which became redundant in the early 1990's when world markets opened to South African wine.Since then, KWV has transformed into a commercial player, exporting award winning wines and brandies from its main cellar complex in Paarl all over the world.