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Cape Winemakers Guild The annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction shows off the best work of the best winemakers.

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ight Cape winemakers came together to taste wine from different parts of the world in 1982. They aimed to broaden their horizons, to keep in touch with world trends and to improve the quality of their winemaking. More than three decades later, the Cape Winemakers Guild is a major reason that the region’s wines are world class. The spirit of discovery and critical appreciation that animated the founders of the Guild has paid off. The pioneers were Billy Hofmeyr (the owner of Welgemeend in 1982) and other winemakers Kevin Arnold, Jan Boland Coetzee, Peter Finlayson, Walter Finlayson, Etienne le Riche, Braam van Velden and Achim von Arnim. Winemakers meet once a month to taste a particular type of wine or wines from a selected region of the world. But it’s not just any winemaker who can sit at that table. A winemaker must have a track record of producing premium-quality wines for at least five years before he or she can be nominated. Existing members vote on new membership at the annual general meeting. Membership belongs to

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the winemaker and not the wine estate, so if a winemaker moves from one property to another, she or he will keep their membership of the Guild. One of the Guild’s respected veterans, Beyers Truter, believes that the best thing about the Guild is “the dissemination of knowledge”. The openness where one can talk about the good and bad things in wines encourages introspection and growth. As the founder of the Pinotage Association, Beyers is clearly a winemaker concerned about improving quality. In so far as

Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

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