Craftmanship has been at the heart of Zonnebloem’s wine-making since the 17th century and today we continue to balance time-honoured traditions and technological innovation to craft wines that balance the classic with the contemporary.
After graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, Elize completed her first harvest under the expert guidance of Bruce Jack, before jetting off to pursue her passion abroad in California. With 17 years’ experience, Elize has dedicated 13 years to winemaking at Zonnebloem and today holds the title of cellar master.
Having started her Zonnebloem journey in 2005 as an assistant winemaker, Elize quickly climbed to the role of white winemaker in 2010. With her appointment as cellar master, it became her mission to produce outstanding wines across varietals.
“The most memorable part of winemaking is right at the beginning of the process when I have to dig deep to find the best synergy of all the grapes’ components to make that perfect classic blend.”
Bonny van Niekerk
With two decades of winemaking experience under her belt, Bonny is responsible for the range of red wines. She discovered her passion for winemaking at a young age and completed a Diploma in Cellar Technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College before joining the Adam Tas winery where Zonnebloem’s wines are made.
During this time she expanded her horizons and spent six years working in California and Northern Ireland before returning to Zonnebloem.
“The end of a harvest always signals a new beginning for me. You have to start afresh, literally from scratch, and work your magic with what nature has given you.”
Dumisani hails from the far-off plains of Hluhluwe, a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and draws his inspiration and love for wine from legendary wine ambassador, Jabulani Ntshangase. Dumisani graduated in 2003 with a BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch and since then has worked with some the Western Cape’s leading winemakers. He spent close to 13 years at Tokara as assistant winemaker and a few harvests working in France and the USA.
“It’s all about creating a delicious wine for the consumer. With each bottle produced, I hope my wines deliver consistent quality, pleasure, and great satisfaction – the same feeling Zonnebloem wine-lovers have been receiving for years.”