Dating back to 1682, Blaauwklippen Vineyards is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, and this year celebrates 333 years of wine history in the picturesque countryside of Stellenbosch. To celebrate this significant achievement Blaauwklippen launched an art competition, encouraging artists from all over the country to visually capture the cultural heritage of this magnificent wine estate. For the winner a cash prize of R3 333, plus 33 bottles of our beautiful wines are up for grabs!
The theme was thus Blaauwklippen 1682 – Before & After, and artists were invited to submit entries in various mediums, including painting, print making, photography, drawing, multi-media, illustration and sculptures, with the theme as inspiration. A total of 54 art submissions were accepted, and after a lengthy consideration by the judges, local artists Marius Prinsloo and Frans Groeneweld, 9 finalists were selected for a 3 week exhibition at Blaauwklippen during September 2015.
The sheer quality of the submissions meant that the judges had a mammoth task ahead of them in choosing a winner, but after much deliberation they finally settled on the best of the best. Finalists were invited to an awards ceremony at the beautiful Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, where the winners were announced. In 3rd place was Betty Werth, with a stunning painting of the mansion through inter-leading doors. In 2nd place was Erika van Zyl, with a splendid rendition of a farm worker carrying grapes through the vineyard. And finally, the winner of the Blaauwklippen Art 333 Competition and R3 333, was Diane White, with a piece that perfectly encapsulates the essence of 333 years of Blaauwklippen Vineyards!
And there it is, a magnificent painting that captures the magnificent and storied history of Blaauwklippen Vineyards in Stellenbosch over the last 333 years. We may not know what the future may hold, but we’re sure there’ll be lots of Blaauwklippen wine!