KWV: From small cooperative to global player
KWV was founded in 1918 as a small cooperative of wine-growers, Ko-operatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid Afrika. The aim was to stabilise and structure the emerging wine economy in South Africa and to help the producers have a secure income: harvest sizes and minimum prices were determined, quality standards established, marketing measures pooled. Nearly all the wine-growers in the Cape quickly joined, whereby the largest winemaking cooperative in the world came into being. The many brand name products from KWV have international standing these days and are present in over 100 markets, with the focus on Scandinavia, Germany, America, Japan and South Africa.
Until the early 1990s, when the world markets opened up to South African wines, KWV played a central role in the regulation of the sector. Since that time, it has developed into a global player that exports award-winning wines and spirits from the main cellar in Paarl to places around the world. KWV enjoys a reputation for offering the highest quality, from its first brandy production in 1926 to consistently ensuring internationally renowned spirits.
At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for KWV 20, KWV 15, KWV 10 and Cruxland Gin, and silver for KWV 12.