The first graduate to complete the Cape Winemakers Guild Viticulture Protégé programme has made his debut in the wine industry with a full time position as Viticulturist at Bartinney Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.
Words by Greg Landman
Logan Jooste, who has just finished a two-and-a-half year internship under the mentorship of industry and CWG stalwarts Louis Strydom (Ernie Els), Charles Hopkins (De Grendel), and Pieter Ferreira (Graham Beck) says, “ the opportunity of learning from the best allowed my passion for the vineyards to grow even stronger.”
He comes from Kylemore in Stellenbosch and was chosen as the Guild’s first protégé in 2015 after graduating with a BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch.
Under the mentorship of the Guild Members and the patronage of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust protégés are cultivated, nurtured and empowered to become masters of their craft while enjoying the rare opportunity of working side by side with leaders in the wine industry.
Since its inception in 2006, the Programme has seen 24 interns come through their ranks. With Logan stepping into the industry as a full time viticulturist, the programme has produced no less than 14 graduates into promising careers in wine.
With this sort of mentorship things certainly look as if they are in the right hands.