Samuel Viljoen has been appointed red-wine maker at Nederburg, taking over from Wilhelm Pienaar whom he has been assisting for the past several years.
Before joining Nederburg seven years ago, Viljoen worked at several diverse South African cellars, from large-volume, company-owned Goudini near Worcester to leading private properties such as Klein Constantia, Fairview and Longridge.
Before that the Stellenbosch University viticulture and oenology graduate did a stint at top-ranked boutique winery Domaine Serene in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici says: “Among Samuel’s many strengths are a great versatility and a capacity to make micro-edition collectibles at the same time as mainstream, popular wines.”
The young winemaker will also be responsible for all Nederburg’s Fairtrade-accredited wines.
Wilhelm Pienaar replaces Bartho Eksteen at Hermanuspietersfontein in Walker Bay from vintage 2015.