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The “Kooperatiewe Wijnbowers Vereniging van Zuid Afrika” became the central one in 1918 wine cooperative in South Africa founded, 95% of the winegrowers joined. The reason for the foundation was a big crisis in South African viticulture, which was characterized by excess production and the bankruptcies of many winegrowers. For a long time the famous professor was Abraham Isak Perold (1880-1941) worked for KWV as a wine expert. Until 1992, participation was only possible for white members. Production restrictions and minimum annual prices for distilled wines have been set.

In 1940, the KWV government transferred all control of the wine sector, thereby expanding the agendas extensively. This included the determination of permitted yields, tillering, plant rights and winemaking, the permission to create new vineyards, the free use of surpluses and (also binding for KWV non-members) the entire trade or export of wine and brandies. The tasks were research, propagation of vines, marketing campaigns, advice, specialist training, as well as the administration of the appellation system "Wine of Origin".

In 1992 there was a reorientation, the quota system was abandoned and the regulations relaxed. KWV also gave up most of the central functions. In 1997 it was privatized and renamed "KWV International". KWV produces around 25 million bottles of wine annually. The headquarters are in the city Paarl (north of Cape Town). A wide range of excellent wines from around a hundred varieties are produced there, for example the Bordeaux blend "Triptych", the Cape style cuvée "Roodeberg" (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon), dry white wines and also wines in the style of port wine. The most famous wine series is "Cathedral Cellar", which is named after the cellar hall built in 1930. This contains the most modern vinification facilities and 14,000 barrique barrels.

Around 10 million bottles of wine are produced annually, the majority of which are exported. The main export countries are the USA, Great Britain and Germany. The company is still the largest producer of brandy on the Cape. In addition, together with the Rembrandt Group, it owns 60% of the joint AG Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery (SFW). KWV has been running the Laborie Estate winery not far from the headquarters in Paarl since 1995. The vineyards cover 35 hectares. Well-known brands are "Pineau de Laborie" (Pinotage) and "La Borie Estate" (Cabernet Sauvignon).

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