Hennessy’s 250th Anniversary Celebration takes place in South Africa

Hennessy first arrived in South Africa in 1866.

Nigerian artist 2Face was one of the several celebrities who celebrated Hennessy’s 250th Anniversary. The singer-songwriter and record producer attended the Hennessy 250 Tour, which marked its final stop at the CIRCA Gallery in Johannesburg to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Maison and its historic and cultural ties with Africa.Hennessy250 Johannesburg Event

The tour drew a VIP guest list which included contemporary French artist Pierrick Sorin, actress and singer Nandi Mngoma, actress Nomzamo Mbatha, socialite Maps Maponyane, model Vanessa Carreira, businessman T-Bo Touch, television personality Lorna Maseko-Lukhele, as well as the event co-curator and Hennessy heritage expert Raphaël Gérard.

Guests experienced the Hennessy 250 Tour, followed by a seated dinner with the presentation of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend specially created by Hennessy Master Blender and Taster Yann Fillioux for this milestone celebration. Hennessy honors a treasured bond dating back to the Maison’s arrival in South Africa nearly 150 years ago and Hennessy chairman and CEO Bernard Peillon shared Hennessy’s first arrival in South Africa in 1866.

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“Hennessy has always cultivated lasting friendships with other countries and cultures: our very DNA drives us to adapt to local customs and values, and to help set the trends that mark our era,” shared Peillon (pictured above) in his welcome speech. “Hennessy — or “Henny”, as it is known to many fans today — and South Africa in particular share two culturally compatible worldviews. We share a philosophy of self-fulfillment that inspires us to move forward, break down barriers, and innovate in ways that are both great and small.”

Hennessy250 Johannesburg Event

In 2010, Hennessy participated in the 50th anniversary celebration of Nigerian independence.

Photos by Charlie Shoemaker

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