Congratulations Ken Forrester with your The Drinks Business Man of the Year award.
Ken Forrester, is a well-known figure to anyone in the drinks trade with even a passing interest in South Africa’s wine scene. This year sees him celebrate the 25th anniversary since he founded the Chenin Blanc Association, and gearing up for the 30th anniversary since he founded his own winery, making him a well-established figure in our trade. A globetrotter who has passionately promoted his country’s wines at home and abroad with infectious enthusiasm and great generosity, our recipient is a much-liked, hard-working, high-achiever. Aside from building his own brand – Ken Forrester Wines – and raising the profile of the Chenin Blanc grape, he has done so much for charitable causes in his home nation of South Africa, while mentoring many a winemaker.
Now drawing up a succession plan for the brand he founded, Ken is only just considering stepping back from the daily routine of running a wine business. However, you can be sure he won’t be slowly down, and will continue to do so much for the industry he loves, the grape he’s made famous, and the charities that need his charismatic support. As one of the judges said about Ken, “He may appear laid-back, but he is clearly a towering force.”
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