After decades of debate, KWV's natural wines will make their home debut at the end of November.

An agreement dating back more than six decades between KWV, when it was a co-operative, and its members prevented the sale of its natural wines in South Africa. With KWV becoming a company and the changes in the structure of the wine industry at the Cape, this has fallen away.

KWV International, the company's marketing arm was at pains to state that only a limited amount of wine would be available and this would only be sold from the company's cellar in Paarl. KWV's 10 and 20 Year Old brandies and some sherry and port style wines have been sold domestically for more than 40 years.

Because the wine has only been available to farmer-members and staff in the past, wines such as Roodeberg have taken on almost cult status in South Africa and there has been a certain amount of black-market dealing in the wines.

According to sources, about R1m has been spent since June to upgrade and refurbish a new wine "emporium", which will include tours of the company's vast cellars.

The wines on offer will include the Cathedral Cellar, Roodeberg, KWV, Pearly Bay and Robert's Rock ranges, as well as the Imoya and KWV 5 Year Old Brandy, none of which have previously been available to the general public.