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18 September


11 Farmers that delivered their grapes to the old “Sonskyn Winery” gather to form the “Sentrale Koöperatiewe Wynmakery Beperk”. The building, machinery and grounds are purchased from Robertson Distillery for the amount of ₤13 000 and a 13 year contract for 1 000 leaguer wine is signed with it.

11 December


The Registrar of Co-operative Associations issues a Certificate of Registration to the “Sentrale Koöperatiewe Wynmakery Beperk”, but the name is rejected shortly after.

22 January


Members of the Co-op meet to deliberate the name and decide on Roodezandt.

9 February


The first set of financial statements are prepared by Theron, Humphrey & Fick Chartered Accountants.

14 February


This marks the start of the first harvest for Roodezandt and a total of 1 800 tons of grapes are delivered in the first year. The cultivars are mostly Palomino, Hermitage, Muscadel, Sultana & Kanaan.

18 February


The first Braai function is held for the member farmers, along with their wives and 5 guests with their companions. The costs of the function amount to ₤8-9-3 for the alcoholic beverages (Grand Hotel), ₤1-13-0 for Crown cooldrinks and ₤4-17-6 for the meat (N. Pinto).

24 February


The name is officially changed and a certificate of the name change is issued by the Registrar of Co-operative Associations.

2 February


An executive decision is made prohibiting white and red grapes from being transported together.


Mr. Poultney receives compensation of ₤150 for the year for his work as winemaker.


Mr. Strachan builds space for 1 600 leaguer wine at a cost of ₤7 231 (R14 462.00).


By recommendation of Mr. Gert Nieuwoudt, Roodezandt installs a 25 Hp refrigeration unit at a cost of R4 550-00.

17 June


The Board of Directors receive their first compensation amounting to R2 per meeting.


A 3 000 leaguer steel tank and a 30 Ton weighbridge is installed for a total of R25 050.00.

26 June


William Frank ``Robbie`` Roberts is appointed to the position of Cellar Manager with a salary totalling R280 per month. His wife Marion is appointed as weighbridge assistant in 1967. For her work at the cellar she receives payment to the amount of R4-50 per day.


As a trail, Roodezandt implements the Hauni South Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd offloading technique during harvest. This method requires grapes to be offloaded by way of a suction hose. The speculated advantages of this method include improved productivity, laboursaving operations and cost-effectiveness due to it not requiring specialised infrastructure. The trail however proves unsuccessful and traditional delivery methods live to fight another day.


Messrs. Pierre Venter and Abé Kriel visits Roodezandt to discuss the cellar’s first cultivar guideline and recommends the following cultivars: Muscadel, Bukettraube, Steen (Chenin Blanc), Chenel, Raisin blanc, Claret Blanc and Saint Emilion.

5 November


Roodezandt writes a letter of thanks to the Stellenbosch Boerewynmakery (SBW) for bonuses of R2 per hectolitre that was paid for 90 hectolitres of Muscadel delivered.

23 - 25 January


Floods hit large parts of the South Western Cape in what is mostly known in years to come as the Laingsburg flood. In Robertson the heavy rainfall caused the Breederiver and Vinkriver to join forces and overflow their banks. After the flood water subsides Mr. Phillip du Toit delivers 28,760 Tons of Chenin Blanc grapes that used to be under a meter of water to Roodezandt. Botrytis fungus did its job and under winemaker Christie Steytler Roodezandt produces the 1981 Le Grand dé Luge Noble Late Harvest.


For the 30th year of existence of 1 Parachute Battalion Roodezandt is tasked with producing a range of specially labelled wines including Demi Sec Sparkling Wine, Late Harvest and Cabernet Sauvignon for their celebrations.

1996 – 1999

``Who said that you cannot produce red wine in the Robertson area?” Mr. Bennie Howard (MC) uttered these words at the Veritas Gala when Roodezandt’s 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon was crowned with a gold medal. These words were repeated in 1999, again at the Veritas Gala, when Roodezandt’s 1998 Balthazar Classic Cabernet Sauvignon were crowned with a gold medal.


Cave Prevé De Balthazar, a small private cellar in the heart of Roodezandt’s premises, is created to produce wines in smaller volumes for those wanting something a little different.

The small cellar is named after Balthazar Kloppers, a long serving Chairman of the Board of Directors and the first grapes are pressed during the 2000 harvest.


A new logo is introduced to replace the original “house” logo.


The 2001 Balthazar Classic Cabernet Sauvignon receives a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirits competition in London.


Roodezandt receives the highest accolade for any South African Winery when our 2002 Sauvignon Blanc wins the General Smuts Trophy for the best wine at the 2002 South African Young Wine Show.


Roodezandt celebrates its 50th year of existence!

3 June


Roodezandt takes part in the 3rd annual Wacky Wine Weekend and makes history by having a swimming pool filled with red wine and combining it with a treasure hunt of sorts.

First prize is nothing less than a diamond. What follows is years of wine dive fun with an assortment of gemstones being won.


Less than ten years down the line Roodezandt changes its logo again and ushers in a new image for the cellar.

26 February


Roodezandt forms part of the first Hands on Harvest festival's Amazing Race


Disaster strikes when metal fatigue of the bolts of one of Roodezandt’s tanks cause around 20 000L of red wine to flow out of cellar and into Voortrekker Road.


Growing pressure on Roodezandt's existing facilities lead to the installation of a new receiving bin, Pera press, wine tanks and Roto fermenters.


Roodezandt starts building a new cellar to serve as both a storage and cooling facility with a total capacity of 3 million litres.

2 November


Strong winds blow one of the tanks meant to be installed in our new cellar building off of the truck en route to Robertson


Roodezandt cellar worker Gerrie Grootboom is crowned SA Cellar Worker of the Year beating approximately 200 contenders for the title.

2015 - 2018

Over the course of three years a filter press and two additional grape presses are installed to speed up the overall flow of products through the different stages of the winemaking process.

27 February


We break our own grape intake record for the second time in one season with a grape intake of 1 251 Tons in one day.

2 April


Preparations for the dismantling and demolition of 20 Constitution Street, Roodezandt's old ``Cellar house``, begins. This will make space for a new cellar building that will, for the time being, be half filled with new stainless steel tanks.

10 April


The Executive Committees of both Roodezandt and McGregor Co-ops meet to discuss the possibility and probability of an amalgamation.

11 September


The combined Board of Directors from both Co-operative cellars sign a Cooperation Agreement for the 2020 harvest irrespective of the final decision.

14 November


The member farmers of both Roodezandt and McGregor Co-operative Wineries meet separately to vote on the proposed amalgamation. The votes are counted by independent officials and a result of 95+% in favour of amalgamating is achieved.

30 September


Roodezandt (RF) (Pty) Ltd is officially registered with the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission.

3 November


The first AGM of Roodezandt (RF) (Pty) Ltd is held and a new Board of Directors, Chairman, Vice-chairman and Executive Committee is appointed to usher us into the future.

8 February


This marks the start of the first official harvest as Roodezandt (RF) (Pty) Ltd under the new logo designed to represent the identities of both the historical Roodezandt and McGregor Co-ops.

* Read more about the 1981 floods.