Social Events

(included in the full registration fee)

Come join us for an evening of good food and wine at our Cape Market. A memorable evening of the best of Cape cuisine and excellent Spier wine awaits the GWD2017 guests.

(included in the full registration fee)

Join us on Tuesday at 6pm for 6:30pm at Spier Conference Centre for a fun evening of burgers and blending. Spier will be providing mouthwatering ingredients for guests to build their own burger – beef; chicken and vegetarian burgers will all be available.

While enjoying the burgers, networking and making new friends, the delegates will have the opportunity to blend their own wine under the skillful guidance of Spier’s Sommelier, Wilma Beukes. At the end of the evening a panel of ‘experts’ will announce the Groundwater Division 2017 Blend!

So please make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to have fun and finally have the opportunity to make wine you always dreamed of.

  • This function is only open to conference and student delegates.
  • Burgers and Blending event included in the registration fee of all conference and student delegates (registered for the entire conference).
  • Please indicate on the online registration form if you will be attending this event.
Preliminary GWD2017 programme now available.

Online Registration Now Open

Open - Pre Conference Workshops on 15 October 2017.

Prof John Cherry accepts invitation to attend and address GWD2017

Prof Bruce Misstear, Associate Professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin has accepted to be a keynote speaker at the GWD2017.

Prof. Randy Stotler of the University of Kansas will be joining Prof. John Cherry and Prof. Bruce Misstear as a keynote speaker at GWD2017.

Prof Fifield who is at the Australian National University has confirmed that he will be one of our keynote speakers at the Conference.

Important Dates


25 July 2017
Deadline to submit the full papers that have been accepted.

31 July 2017
Deadline for Early Bird Registration
Deadline for Confirmed authors of abstracts to register and pay the conference fees.