JC Bekker presides over the entire DGB wine portfolio with tremendous intelligible understanding of the business, creative and scientific perspectives of viticulture and winemaking garnered from years of asserted study and practical experience.
As a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch with Honours degrees in Viticulture and Oenology as well as a Masters in Wine Business Management from UCT Graduate school of Business and the University of Adelaide Australia, JC is highly regarded and widely respected for his multi-faceted knowledge and scope of talents. JC worked as viticulturist for KWV before his appointment at Boschendal wines.
As Cellar Master, JC quickly built a solid reputation with several local and international awards leading to Boschendal’s ultimate selection as “South African Winery of the Year” at the International Wine and Spirit Challenge in London in 2004.
His experience extends internationally with regular study trips to almost all corners of the winemaking world. JC was a previous Chairman of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa as well as previous Chairman of the Veritas Sauvignon Blanc judging panel. His philosophy for great wines from South Africa is a determined drive for seamless integration with finesse and balance.
Having grown up on a farm in the Darling district, wine has always been a natural passion for Richard Duckitt. He pursued this passion and graduated from Elsenburg College in Stellenbosch with a Diploma in Viticulture and Cellar Technology. He spent his first harvest at Muratie wine estate in Stellenbosch, and has since completed two harvests in California and one in Bordeaux where he garnered valuable cutting edge best practice experience that has stood him in good scientific and creative stead to this day.
With high ambitions, Richard signed up as winemaker at Franschhoek Vineyards in 2005, and has since completed 9 vintages at Franschhoek Vineyards. He became part of the DGB family when the cooperation was acquired by DGB in 2008, and become a private producer. Richard has since relished the investment and extensive improvements in both vineyards and cellar allowing him to propel every subsequent harvest to a higher level of quality. Richard joined the Boschendal Team in May 2015
Lizelle Gerber is proof that dynamite comes in small packages. As the feisty woman behind the white and Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines at Boschendal since 2006, Lizelle has established herself as one of the Cape’s hottest winemaking talents.
The diminutive winemaker exploded onto the South African wine scene in 2000 during her tenure at Avontuur Estate raking in an avalanche of awards and accolades for her wines. You might never guess that her career began in the Military before a chance visit to a friend at Elsenburg College propelled her attention towards wine. After successfully graduating from Elsenburg, Lizelle worked at Zevenwacht Estate and spent a harvest in France’s Alsace region. Her stellar performance at Avontuur grabbed the attention of many suitors and after a brief stint at Eikendal, Lizelle joined DGB as Bellingham winemaker in 2004, before her appointment at Boschendal.
Lizelle seeks perfection with quiet confidence running a tight cellar with obvious passion and exacting standards. Her firm philosophy is ‘respect for the grapes’ and her natural affinity for anticipating regional nuances is tenable in her clever cellar practice devised to protect the delicate fruit expressions intricately translated into her wines. Lizelle brings tremendous holistic flair to her life and craft and continues to blaze a trail worthy of her talents.
As DGB group viticulturist Stephan Joubert is responsible for ensuring the award winning winemaking team is supplied with grapes of exceptional quality. In managing all grower relations and grape buying throughout the Western Cape, he is accountable for all logistics of grape intake ensuring all the grapes are picked at optimum ripeness.
Stephan, who studied a BSc.Agric in Winemaking and Viticulture before completing his Honours in Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, not only spends time in the vineyards, but can be found in the tasting room with his winemaking colleagues and in the cellar involved with special parcels of grapes intended for top-end wines.
“My passion is to understand (and keep on learning) all the influences from the vine to the wine and then to manage these influences whilst assisting in the making of exceptional wines across a variety of styles,” says Stephan.
“My focus is to manage wine flavour in the vineyard and then to focus my expertise on understanding all the terroir influences so that I can source the best grapes from South Africa’s best vineyards. They say wine ‘is made in the vineyard’ and getting to work with grapes from great sites across the Western Cape is an absolute privilege.”
Stephan is married with two kids, loves the outdoors and traveling to other African countries.
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