Cape Winemakers Guild – In constant pursuit of excellence through meaningful transformation

 

Together as members of the Cape Winemakers Guild, we are committed towards real and meaningful transformation in an industry that needs to work harder at creating equality.  In 1999, realising there was a need for this, we founded the Cape winemakers Guild Development Trust. We recognise that so much more still needs to be done, and would like to share details of our ongoing contribution to a positive change in the South African wine industry.

 

Cape Winemakers Guild – In constant pursuit of excellence through meaningful transformation

The wine industry, especially in South Africa, is an illustration of a shifting paradigm. With something as old as wine, this cultural elixir can and should be a beacon reflecting the advancement of civilization, woven into the economic and social fabric of a country. The growth of this industry and all its progressive implementations should, therefore, be systemic, relevant, diverse, cohesive, and all-inclusive to maintain its integrity throughout this process.

After all, it is an industry that changes as people and technology changes. At the heart of this, lies the importance of empowering our communities with the needed opportunities and skills to help build and further this enterprise for future generations. The word Guild captures this essence in its quest to provide protection and mutual aid to those dedicated to the craft of winemaking. This progression is only possible through meaningful transformation and sensitivity and by implementing diversity throughout the wine value chain.

Being recognized as industry leaders also kindles responsibility for promoting quality through continuous learning and education and as a result, the CWG is the first organization in South Africa to create a foundation for social transformation.

“We are committed to addressing our need to embrace diversity and to become representative of all South Africans. Working towards change and for the Guild to become an organisation epitomised not only by excellence but also by equality remain an utmost priority,” says CWG Chair, Andrea Mullineux.

Since the formation of the Guild’s Development Trust in 1999, it has been a part of the CWG’s journey to support meaningful transformation in the wine industry. Through this Trust, the CWG empowers farm employees through further education and contributes towards transformation by way of its Protégé Programme.

The projects are funded by charity auctions held by the members throughout the year and donations from outside organizations. 

Since the inception of the Protégé Programme in 2006, 24 Protégés have completed the three-year internship and 10 are currently participating in this ongoing programme. Of those who have graduated, 16 now either hold leading winemaking roles or have their own winemaking projects. The CWG has become a unique institution in the way all 42 members remain involved in this uplifting initiative, providing mentorship to ensure that both the industry standards and the values of the CWG, exceeds all expectations, and are maintained by new talent and the future policymakers.

From 2014, the Guild has financially supported Wine Training South Africa so that they could have their courses SETA accredited. A total of 3776 employees within the wine industry have participated in the numerous courses offered by Wine Training South Africa between 2015 and 2019 alone. The Guild has been able to provide 40 bursaries for promising final year students at Elsenburg College and Stellenbosch University between 2009 and 2020. The aim is to identify potential Protégés and encourage the bursary students to apply for the Protégé Programme when they graduate.

According to Andrea Mullineux, the Guild understands that there is still so much more that can be done and the best part is that the Protégés are becoming role models themselves.

"Initiatives like the Protégé Programme, as well as the others within the Development Trust, have been created to ensure that the transformation that the South African wine industry needs is taking place. The quality of amazing young winemakers who have come from the Protégé Programme is inspiring and suggests that the South African wine industry is headed in the right direction.”


Past CWG Protégés

Anné Matthee -  Currently studying further

Banele Vakele - Working on his own brand, currently based at Savage Wines

Chandré Petersen - Winemaking Manager at Accolade Wines

Clayton Christiaans - Winemaker for Cape Classics

Elmarie Botes - Winemaker of White Wines for Nederburg

Elouise Kotze - Assistant Winemaker at Hartenberg Wine Estate

Gynore Fredericks - Assistant Winemaker at Mullineux

Heinrich Kulsen - Winemaker at Distell

Howard Booysen - Own Label

Kiara Scott - Winemaker at Brookdale Estate

Logan Jooste - Viticulturist at Bartinney Wine Estate

Mahalia Matshete - Has her own brand "Three Quarters Wines" and is assistant winemaker at Starke Condé

Maryna Huysamen - Winemaker at Monterosso Wine Estate

Morgan Steyn - Assistant Winemaker at De Grendel Winery

Philani Shongwe - Winemaker at Oranjerivier Wines

Praisy Dlamini - Head Winemaker at Adama Wines

Ricardo Cloete - Winemaker at Durbanville Hills, Distell

Rose Kruger - Winemaker at Stellakaya Wines

Rudger van Wyk - Winemaker at Starke Conde Wines and has his own label Kara-Tara

Sacha Claassen - Assistant Winemaker at KWV

Sydney Mello - Assistant Winemaker at Krone Twee Jonge Gezellen

Tammy Jeftha- Winemaker at Adam Tas, Distell

Thornton Pillay - Winemaker for Highgate Wine Estate in KwaZulu Natal

Wade Sander – Winemaker of his own Brunia label