Louis Strydom, winemaker at Ernie Els Wines, has been elected chairman of the Cape Winemakers’ Guild, taking over from Simonsig’s Johan Malan.
Strydom has built an enviable reputation for producing internationally acclaimed wines of a high standard.
He will manage the affairs of the guild for the next two years.
“It is a great honour to be elected chairman of the Guild,” he says, “and I look forward to meeting the new challenges of an ever changing organisation during my two year tenure.”
He will continue his current involvement in the Guild’s Protégé Programme and Development Trust in addition to his new responsibilities as chairman.
The two new members of the committee are David Finlayson of Edgebaston, a former chairman of the Guild, and Andries Burger of Paul Cluver. Duncan Savage of Cape Point Vineyards has taken over the responsibilities of Guild cellarmaster whilst Bernhard Veller of Nitida will serve another term as treasurer.
Established 28 years ago by eight independent winemakers, the CWG’s vision has been to elevate South African winemakers to amongst the best in the world and to set a standard for winemaking that is a benchmark for the local industry and the rest of the world.
The Guild membership now includes 41 of some of the country’s most respected winemakers who have been invited to be members after producing outstanding wines for a minimum of five years, and who continue to do so.
Every year the members are required to submit a select quantity of wines made exclusively for the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, which has become a showcase of what can be achieved by South African wine producers.
The next Guild Auction will be held at Spier in the Stellenbosch winelands in October 2011.
For further information visit the guild website or contact the Guild Office on 021 852 0408 or email email@example.com.