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 13 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 43 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.”
Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust
The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild development Trust was established in 1999 to support social development through further education in the South African wine industry.
Funded through donations as well as proceeds raised by Guild members at charity events throughout the year, the Trust’s current projects include the Oenology and Viticulture Protégé Programmes, the AgriSeta Billy Hofmeyr Bursaries and Wine Training South Africa.
Louis Strydom, Ernie Els Wines – Chairman
Jana Wiese – Nedgroup Trust Limited
Gerard Martin - Winetech
Praisy Dlamini - Past Protégé and General Manager at Adama Wines
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme
The Protégé Programme has established itself as the most successful skills development programme in the South African wine industry.
Launched in 2006, the aim of this three-year internship is to cultivate the next generation of award-winning winemakers and viticulturists through mentorship and empowerment, whilst promoting transformation within the industry.
The members of the Guild play a pivotal role in mentoring and inspiring the Protégés to strive for perfection, passion and excellence in winemaking. This enables the Protégés to develop their skills whilst being exposed to different terroirs and styles of wine, giving them invaluable experience and a rm foundation upon which to build their careers.
To date 24 Protégés have participated in the programme, including Praisy Dlamini, Tamsyn Jeftha, Howard Booysen, Sacha Claassen, Elmarie Botes, Thornton Pillay, Heinrich Kulsen, Chandré Petersen, Philani Shongwe, Thornton Pillay, Wade Sander, Ricardo Cloete, Rudger van Wyk, Rose Kruger, Mahalia Kotjane, Clayton Christians, Kiara Scott, Banele Vakele, Sydney Mello, Maryna Huysamen, Gynore Fredericks, Morgan Steyn and Elouis Kotzé who have graduated from the programme and are now working within the South African wine industry.
The Guild currently has 11 Oenology Protégés and two Viticulture Protégés participating in the Programme.
Those wanting to apply to become a CWG Protégé or apply for a final year bursary, should contact Protégé Programme Facilitator, Magda Vorster, on email@example.com.
November 2020 saw the launch of the Guild’s Buddy Project that provides collegiate support for students at Stellenbosch University and Elsenburg College, and encourages talented individuals to apply for the Protégé Programme.
The Buddy Project serves as a supportive network between current Protégés and winemaking and viticulture students to keep the students passionate and excited about winemaking and to give advice should they need it.
To discover more, please watch our video here.
CWG Protégés 2021
From top right: Candice Nassen, Michael Topkin, Victoria Davis, Kelsey Shungking, Lucrecia Africa, Gina Viola, Roger Cloete,
Thabile Cele, Anique Ceronio, Kyle Davids, Kaylin Willscott, Anda Ntlontlo, Terry-Ann Klink