Prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) has announced a new chair, Miles Mossop, and two new members, Sebastian Beaumont and Carl van der Merwe.
Established in 1982, CWG now comprises 48 of the country’s most respected winemakers, intent on elevating the standing of the South African wine industry through transformation and production of world-class, quality wines.
Membership of the Guild is by invitation only and is extended to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years, and who continue to do so.
Taking over the reins from Andries Burger after serving as vice-chair during 2015, Mossop shares the vision mapped out by his predecessors for the Guild to step up its role in furthering transformation in the wine industry and setting new benchmarks for South African wines.
The two new Guild members, Sebastian Beaumont of Beaumont Family Wines and Carl van der Merwe of DeMorgenzon, are both highly accomplished winemakers.
Recognised as one of the benchmark producers of South African chenin dlanc, Sebastian Beaumont has no less than four Platter’s 5 star ratings under his belt for the elegant Hope Marguerite.
“In addition to building his own Beaumont brand as head of the family wine business, Sebastian has been a leading force in promoting the Bot River wine region for the past 16 years. As a passionate supporter of chenin blanc and pinotage, he brings new energy and commitment to the Guild,” says Mossop.
Carl van der Merwe has a wealth of international and local experience in wine production and management spanning 14 years. He has excelled as general manager and winemaker at DeMorgenzon with an impressive collection of accolades, particularly for the estate’s flagship Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as the Maestro White. These include 2014 and 2015 Platter’s White Wine of the Year and five 5 star ratings.
“Carl has proven himself as a very talented winemaker with great business acumen and a passion for mentoring and developing people. He will be an asset to the Guild,” says outgoing chair Andries Burger.
As leader of the Guild, Mossop is supported by a management committee comprising Boela Gerber (vice-chair), David Nieuwoudt (treasurer), Gottfried Mocke (cellarmaster) and Neil Ellis (marketer).