The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme

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 23 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 eight 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

CWG Protégés 2020

Top Row: Victoria Davis, Kelsey Shungking, Kyle Davids, Anique Ceronio, Gina Viola, Michael Topkin
Front Row: Candice Barnes, Thabile Cele, Magda Vorster, Roger Cloete, Lucretia Africa


Watch a short video on the Protégé Programme



Graduated Protégés