Top SA winemaker to lead Cape Winemakers Guild into new decade

December 2019: Awarding winning winemaker Andrea Mullineux has recently been named the new chair of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild.

Established in 1982, the Guild is a collective of some of South Africa’s greatest winemakers. Membership, by invitation, is extended to winemakers recognised for their high standards of craftsmanship.

Together with a committee of some of the country’s most acclaimed winemakers, Mullineux will continue the vision of the Guild to further transformation in the industry, as well as showcase the very best of South African winemaking.

Mullineux comes with great experience in producing some of South Africa’s best wines and holds a multitude of achievements as a winemaker. Her winery is the first to win the title of Platter’s Winery of the Year four times and Mullineux is also the first South African winemaker to be named International Winemaker of The Year by Wine Enthusiast.

“This is an exciting time for the South African wine industry, with a great amount of international attention being paid to quality and transformation, stimulated by initiatives such as the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme,” says Mullineux.

Apart from showing immense diplomacy in her style of leadership, Mullineux brings dynamic thinking and exciting new ideas to further the Guild’s mandate.

Mullineux takes over from Boela Gerber, acclaimed cellar master at Groot Constantia.

Joining her on the committee is:

  • Vice chairperson Gordon Newton Johnson, who brings a wealth of business experience and knowledge to the Committee;
  • Treasurer David Nieuwoudt, whose strength lies in negotiations and understanding of the financial implications of running a successful business;
  • Cellarmaster Sebastian Beaumont, who possesses a vast knowledge of top local and international wines and has great organisational skills required to set and manage technical tastings and the auction selection tasting; and
  • “Guardian of the Guild”  Carl Schulz, who advises in respect of  direction  and broad strategy, serves as an advisor to the Committee of  the Guild and previously chaired the Guild in 1999 and 2000.

 “The Cape Winemakers Guild members are leaders of the South African wine business and I look forward to working with the committee to keep this momentum moving forward while maintaining the ethos of the Guild as their Chair,” concludes Mullineux.