Production

Waboomsrivier Winery's two huge decanters a must
Cape Business News

 

Board of Directors
J A N Pieterse (Chairman)
P J Viljoen (Vise-Chairman)
C G Zeeman
J V du Toit
A J van der Merwe
F D Zeeman

 

The Wine Team
A host of experience comes with the gifted hands of Bennie Wannenburg, our cellar master. Not only his passion for wine, but also years of experience is captured in our well-balanced and exquisite red wines.

The sweet and white wines are carefully constructed by our winemaker, who also gives a hand in the red wine cellar. Our philosophy is all about fresh and fruity – just as it would taste in the vineyards.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:
Bennie Wannenburg (Manager)

 

Wine Makers

Charl Myburgh
Senior Winemaker

Charl Myburgh is the Senior Winemaker since October 2016.

He grew up in Brackenfell and obtained BSc Agric Viticulture and Oenology (Specialized) degree at the University of Stellenbosch.

He started his career in winemaking at Perdeberg Winery.

In 2008 he was appointed as Assistant Winemaker for the white wines at Uniwines. He was soon promoted to winemaker and was involved in the production of the red wines. In 2012 Charl was part of the production team that won the General Smuts Trophy with their Ruby Cabernet.

Later that same year he started at Nuy Winery as Winemaker and was also responsible for production of red wine.

Lara Prins
Assistant Winemaker

Assistant Winemaker Lara Laubscher grew up in Rawsonville before moving to Ceres.

After matriculation, she studied Viticulture and Oenology at CPUT Wellington and in 2015 she obtained her Diploma in Cellar Technology from Elsenburg Agricultural Institute.

She completed two harvests at Wellington Wines and one at Mas de Martin in the South of France, close to Montpellier.

In October 2014, she started working at Tulbagh Winery as assistant winemaker for two years before joining the Waboomsrivier team in November 2016.

She loves exploring nature and believes there is no better place to live in than the Breerivier area with its majestic mountains and breathe taking views.

 

Cellar Workers

Willem Fransman
Employed since January 1990.

During harvest he is responsible for the off-loading of the grapes and making sure that each cultivar is pumped to the correct place within the cellar. Willem is an old hand at the cellar and trusted to assist wherever it is necessary. He is also responsible for the cellars gardens and keeping our premises neat and tidy.

Sport interest: Road races

Piet Syster
Employed since March 1986.

He is currently responsible for some of the processes in the red wine cellar. He is the sole person entrusted to close the fermentation tanks prior to the grapes being pumped into them and also helps with the adding of yeast and other products necessary for fermentation. After completion of fermentation he also personally sees to the emptying process.

Sport interests:
Rugby and Tug of War

Sanders Shibane
Employed since January 1995

Sanders’ is responsible for the additions to the white wines as well as the juice. During harvest he is also responsible for the pumping of the juice to the fermentation tanks.

Simon Hlengisa
Employed since November 2005

During harvest, Simon makes sure that the juice coming from the pressing cellar lands in the right tank; after that he filters the wines before it gets exported or bottled.

Elias Sondo
Employed since June 2009

Elias is part of the pump team that loads the wine. During harvest time, Elias assists the wine makers with the thermos vinification.

Phillip Sgelem
Employed since November 1995

Phillip is the leader of one of the cellars' pump teams. He draws the wine from the lees and provides additions.

Nelson Sithole
Employed since July 2011

Is part of the team that receives the grapes during harvest time.

John Pheku
Employed since November 2008

He is responsible for the removing of the lees from the settling tanks.

Joe Sithole
Employed since November 2008

His responsibility during harvest is to ensure that all runs smoothly at the decanters.

Frazer Sithole
Employed since November 2008

Frazer works with the vacuum filter, ensuring the last bits of juice are extracted from the lees.

Lea Moses
Employed since April 1991

Lea is the general cleaner of the cellar. She ensures that the office is clean and fetches the post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the local post office.

Thabo Mtabane
Employed since July 2011

He is in charge of the entire pressing cellar and ensures that all the grapes go to the correct tanks / static drainers. He also makes sure that the different juices are separated from one another and that it goes into the right tank at the right moment.