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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.

Walter Finlayson

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

in 2007.

Nicky Krone

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.