About Our Winemaker: Paul Engelbrecht

Since we opened our cellar in 2010, consultant winemaker Bertus Fourie has styled our wines into the award winners they are today. The result is that we now need a permanent winemaker, Paul Engelbrecht, to insure our continued market growth and improvement in the quality of our wines.

Since we opened our cellar in 2010, consultant winemaker Bertus Fourie has styled our wines into the award winners they are today. The result is that we now need a permanent winemaker, Paul Engelbrecht, to insure our continued market growth and improvement in the quality of our wines.

This involves truckloads of paperwork, mess, long hours and stress. So what makes it worth it for Paul? In his words, “It is the challenge of taking a raw material and turning it into a beautiful product. It is tasting through the barrels and finding that one really special one. It is making up a blend, tweaking the balance and seeing it all come together. It is the variety of different tasks that have to be performed through the year.”

Paul’s philosophy is based on team work: “I have heard it said that a good wine is made in the Vineyard and the Winery is simply a processing plant. I beg to differ. Good grapes are grown in the Vineyard. Good wine is made in the cellar. An excellent Wine is not made by an individual. It is produced through a concerted effort by the team in the vineyards to produce top quality grapes and a concerted effort by the team in the cellar to turn those grapes into an excellent wine. Thereafter a concerted effort is required from the Sales & Marketing Team to sell the wine. The cliché that a good wine sells itself is an extremely naïve statement. If all three teams do their jobs right, and work together as part of the greater team, the result is a successful winery. A Great Wine is the result of a team effort.”


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