SHORT INTRODUCTION ABOUT OUR WINEMAKERS
- Nico started work within the wine industry more than 40 years ago; whereafter he studied the finer detail of cellular technology at Elsenburg.
- Over the years he has worked at a number of Cellars including, but not limited to, Ashton Wine Cellar, SImonsig, L’Omarins, Savana Wines, Havana Hills and Wedderwill. This however is not the numerus clausus of his experience and knowledge.
- Presently he is the Resident- Winemaker at Ruitersvlei Wines while parallel thereto he also makes his own wines under his own label at Ruitersvlei.
- As an accomplished Wine Maker he has been the gracious recipient of many Wine Awards more especially the Sauvignon Blanc range as well as the double gold for the Shiraz for 5 consecutive years. This in itself is an achievement of note. In addition to the aforesaid, during his time as winemaker at L’Ormarins and Simonsig, he won a great number of prizes, too numerous to detail, but specific recollection relates to the best Wine Estate in South Africa in respect of each of these wine estates.
Our Assistant Winemaker, Elton Arendse, will be fully qualified by the end of September 2016 from Elsenburg College which is affiliated to Stellenbosch University. Elton has been working and assisting in the wine-making for the last past 3 years under guidance of Nico Vermeulen. He has also developed his presentation skills and has done an excellent presentation on new wines at the Good Food and Wine show, Johannesburg, in July 2016