Short for Ko-operatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging (Cooperative Winegrowers' Association), KWV regulated and controlled the Cape wine industry for decades. This is no longer the case, and KWV is seeking to redefine itself as a top wine and spirit producer. KWV has won numerous awards, including Best Producer at Veritas for three years in a row. They also make some of the finest spirits, with KWV 12-year Barrel Select Brandy winning the title of Worldwide Best Brandy at the
International Wine & Spirit Competition in both 2013 and 2014. KWV produces an enormous selection of excellent wines, and its cellars are some of the largest in the world, covering around 55 acres. Cellar tours here are very popular; among the highlights is the famous Cathedral Cellar, with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and giant vats carved with scenes from the history of Cape wine making. In an adjoining cellar you can see the five largest vats in the world under one roof. The tour begins with a short audiovisual presentation and ends with a tasting of some of KWV's products.
André du Toit Bldg., Kohler St., Paarl, 7646, South Africa