Meet the Team
Andries Blake - Chief Executive
Wine has been a part of Andries's life since childhood. Born on his family's wine farm in Wellington, some of Andries's fondest childhood memories are of visiting the vineyards with his father and tasting the grapes. Though his father grew vegetables as well, grapes caught Andries's attention and led to his dream of becoming a winemaker. read more »
Roelof van Schalkwyk - Red Winemaker
After testing the waters in different industries, uncertain of what he wanted to do after high school, Roelof found himself at Klawer Wine Cellars, (near his home town, Vredendal) working as a cellar assistant during the 1999 harvest. This is where he discovered a love for the art of crafting wines. His enthusiastic efforts and hard work were recognized, and soon he was promoted to assistant winemaker. read more »
Christo Beukes - Winemaker
Christo's interest in winemaking started while working at Klawer Wine Cellars as a general worker. His perseverance and loyalty soon paid off, when he was appointed as assistant winemaker at Klawer Cellars. read more »
Cerina van Niekerk - Winemaker
After she finished her winemaking studies at Elsenburg in 1998 and a vintage at Grangehurst Winery in Stellenbosch, she worked vintages in New Zealand, Australia and France. Upon her return to South Africa, she worked as winemaker at a small cellar in Franschhoek, before joining Seidelberg Wine Estate in Paarl in 2002 as assistant winemaker. read more »
Pieter van Aarde - Production Manager
Growing up in the Boland, and surrounded by wine farms, Pieter was like Royco soup - "Just add water", but in his case - "Just add wine". read more »
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Birdfield Farm, N7 P.O. Box 8 , Klawer, 8145, South Africa