Lizelle Gerber, dedicated Méthode Cap Classique and white winemaker at Boschendal, is an innovator whose passion, drive for perfection and respect for the grape have resulted in an abundance of award-winning wines. Having completed a Winemaker Degree at the Elsenburg Agricultural College of Stellenbosch, Lizelle combined the tenacity of her military experience and her innate love of the vine to carve a name for herself in the industry.
Lizelle began her career in 1996 at Zevenwacht Estate and spent a harvest in the Alsace region of France. It was during her tenure at Avontuur Estate in 2000 that Lizelle began to reap the fruits of her labour. Lizelle joined DGB as Bellingham winemaker in 2004 before her appointment at Boschendal in August 2006.
Passionate about learning something new each day and anticipating regional nuances, Lizelle strives to translate some of the world’s most noble grape varieties and their delicate fruit expressions into her wines. Lizelle has her finger on the pulse of innovative winemaking techniques and is encouraged to experiment with creatively while balancing tradition to produce premium wines of modern sophistication.
Lizelle also endeavours to cater to modern audiences, diverse wine palates and to educate younger audiences. Spending time at home experimenting with clean cooking and wine pairing or designing garden landscapes while listening to Vangelis ambient orchestral tunes are Lizelle’s favourite ways to relax after a busy day in the cellar and vineyards.