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Brand Winemag celebrates its 30th anniversary

By , 1 October 2023

Cover of maiden issue featuring a very young Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck.

Winemag.co.za celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. The first issue of Wine magazine appeared in October 1993, put out by what was then family-owned publishing company Ramsay, Son & Parker (other titles in the stable at that time being Car and Getaway).

The late Harold Eedes, father of current editor Christian, was instigator, while Mike Froud, now of TopWineSA.com was the first editor and Michael Fridjhon of WineWizard.co.za was consulting editor.

The last edition of the magazine in printed form was September 2011 and the brand then went into some sort of abeyance, its Facebook and Twitter (now X) platforms continuing to exist.  Eedes Jnr and Jacqueline Lahoud, who had previously been publisher of Getaway magazine and later Show & Events Director at RamsayMedia (as Ramsay, Son & Parker had been re-named) acquired the brand and re-launched it as digital-only in October 2014. It was sold to US-based Eileses Capital in August 2018.


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