The Cape Winemakers Guild is a prestigious group of some of the very best winemakers we have.
Not only do they make wine, but they have put in place a commendable programme for protégés to work in their industry – people they mentor – and who under normal circumstances would never have had the chance to have a shot at their dream. The CWG is supported by some big movers and shakers like Nedbank – money is always necessary, not so? – and cork suppliers like Amorim, one of the biggest in the world.
Obviously a major component in wine making is the barrels that are used and that is where the Cape Cooperage Group comes in. For the last eight years they have been supplying French oak barrels to the Protégé Programme for them to use for maturing their wines. These barrels are the best available and cost a packet, so hats off to them.
The very good news is that the protégés’ dream of making their very first wines has become a reality with their creations safely in barrel after the 2018 harvest.
The protégés who have been given the chance to express their creativity by making their own wines are Morgan Steyn of Riversdale, Gynore Fredericks of Malmesbury and Elouise Kotze of Brackenfell.
Over and above the generous barrel donation, the Cape Cooperage Group assists the protégés by guiding them through their choice of barrel and helping them achieve the particular style of wine they envision.
By cultivating, nurturing and empowering promising individuals to become winemakers and viticulturists of excellence, the Protégé Programme plays an active role in the long term health and sustainability of the industry. So as we say in Sea Point – Mazel tov to all.