Paarl

Nederburg

Cellar Master

Andrea Freeborough

"Every morning, on the way to work, I'm anticipating the smell of fruit and yeast and wood, of darkness and quiet, and I just can't wait to get to the cellar!"

Viticulturist

Bennie Liebenberg

"I am really glad about the role I can play in helping Nederburg maintain its status as one of South Africa's most awarded wineries. Everything starts with the fruit so that is where I try to have an impact, working to achieve vines in optimal balance, where all components are in an ideal ratio."

White winemaker

Elmarie Botes

“There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the first grapes come into the cellar. The anticipation is palpable and witnessing a wine evolve from soil to bottle is simply incredible!”

Red winemaker

Samuel Viljoen

In winemaking, you have to be very analytical but also learn to trust your intuition and your taste buds. You need structure but flexibility to work with as many as 23 different varieties at any given time.

A legacy

Wine-making philosophy

Nederburg’s viticulture and winemaking teams work to the mantra of innovation and discovery, with a deep-rooted belief that one can never stop learning or finding ways of doing things better. The cellar’s winemaking philosophy is based on a deep respect for the land, the people involved in the growing and maintaining of the vineyards, those in the cellar and, of course, wine lovers all over the world.

Cellar Master

Andrea Freeborough

From a young age Andrea was clear about her calling to be a winemaker. With an honours degree in viticulture, followed by another in winemaking, she began working as an assistant winemaker at Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch. Less than three years later she was appointed as Nederburg white winemaker, working under cellar master Razvan Macici. She was appointed as head of Die Bergkelder, a position she held for a decade before returning to Nederburg to take over from Razvan in mid-2015.

It’s a modest account of her working life, considering that many of her award-winning Fleur du Cap wines and others made under her direction, such as the celebrated Lomond range, suggest a considerably talented winemaker with the ability to simultaneously produce both speciality and popular wines.

“Nederburg is a very long-established name in wine with an extraordinary lineage, but if you look at what underpins that, you’ll discover an appetite for innovation, backed by very rigorous discipline. I like to believe I’m up to the task.”

Viticulturist

Bennie Liebenberg

Bennie has a thing about numbers and, in addition to a BSc Agric in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, also holds a BCom degree.

Before a harvest begins, he has the layout of Nederburg’s farms in Paarl, Simondium, Groenekloof and Darling, as well as those of their suppliers across the Western Cape, mapped to memory. He finds the numbers – knowing which vines are planted where, at what altitudes, the density of the vine rows and the rootstocks – assist him in calculating the likely yields.

For the past 15 years he has worked with numerous wine growers and today oversees a vast and diverse array of vineyard blocks and varietals.

White winemaker

Elmarie Botes

Elmarie enjoys worthwhile challenges, nature that sustains us all and a really good wine. It’s no wonder she fell in love with winemaking whilst on a cellar tour as a young student. Born and raised in the Cape Winelands, she admires strong female figures in the wine industry who forged a path for women winemakers like herself. Under the tutelage of cellar master Andrea, Elmarie is motivated and driven to elevate Nederburg’s benchmark standard in winemaking.

Red winemaker

Samuel Viljoen

One of the newest additions to the team, Samuel is a winemaker of the highest calibre and complements the team under Andrea’s leadership. He studied Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch before working at a variety of farms around the world.

One of only a select few South African winemakers to have worked at Domain Serene, his international experience is evident in the Fairtrade-accredited wines he produces.