VERITAS PAYS HOMAGE TO
LEADING INDUSTRY FIGURES
The customary tradition of annually honouring a handful of industry
leaders took place at this year’s 27th Veritas Awards ceremony. This
award is about recognition of, and giving back to, those who have served
this industry over the years – to acknowledge their commitment and pay
homage to their undeniable achievements.
Four luminaries were nominated to receive the 2017 Living Legends
scroll of honour for their dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the local
wine and brandy industries.
was born in Cape Town and studied Animal
Husbandry in West Scotland before bringing his first 10 Ayrshire stud
cattle back with him on an ocean liner.
Walter started making the wine at Hartenberg, then known as
“Montagne” in 1962.
In 1975 he moved to Blaauwklippen, where he planted vineyards and
built the winery for his old school friend Graham Boonzaier.
The highlight in these early years was for Walter to receive the Diners
Club Winemaker of the Year Award in 1981 and 1982 for Zinfandel and
Cabernet Sauvignon respectively.
Walter was one of the eight founding members of the then
“Independent” Cape Winemakers Guild with Billy Hofmeyr, Jan Coetzee,
Neil Ellis, Peter Finlayson, Etienne le Riche, Kevin Arnold and Achim von
Walter decided to acquire his own farm and bought a rundown one in
the then unfashionable Klapmuts area in 1985. He named this farm Glen
Carlou and produced world-renowned wines on the estate. He was
joined by his son David in 1994. He sold Glen Carlou in 2003 and retired
and the Krone family from Twee Jonge Gezellen in Tulbagh
are pioneers in the industry. His father NC Krone was a highly respected
person in the wine world and one of the first to introduce cool
fermentation in South Africa.
Nicky studied at Elsenburg and also at Geisenheim in Germany. He took
over the winemaking at Twee Jonge Gezellen and continued to make
outstanding wines on the family estate.
He was a member of the SA Estate Committee and served on the board
of Groot Constantia for many years. He was instrumental to save the
heritage of Groot Constantia by ensuring that the estate was not sold
for housing development.
VERITAS AWARDS 2017