Winetech Study Groups Top Achievers for 2018

The Winetech study groups make a considerable contribution in the transfer of knowledge to cellar assistants in the South African wine industry. The Winetech study groups are endorsed by industry organisations such as the Cape Winemakers Guild and Shiraz SA and aim to address development and the transfer of knowledge in a holistic and practical manner through closer collaboration with cellars.

There is a serious need for the development of practical as well as general knowledge of cellar assistants, which should add value to their careers. The aim of the Winetech study groups is to broaden knowledge and to increase productivity.

Three study groups each were presented for Afrikaans and Xhosa cellar assistants in the participating regions from June until beginning of September. The study groups were presented by Charl Theron and Nomonde Kubheka. Participation is free of charge and the content of the study groups differ every year.

The content for the 2018 Winetech study groups included topics such as cellar hygiene, the stabilisation of wine and why it is important to the consumer, as well as bottling and the packaging of wine. A short evaluation took place after each study group and the average mark achieved by each of the participants determined the top 10 achievers for 2018. The highest average score achieved this year was 96.5%.

Winetech would like to thank you for your support of the 2018 study groups, as well as the positive feedback received from so many cellars during the year.

Winetech wishes to congratulate all participating cellar assistants for the excellent 2018 results.

Top ten Category (according to the regions of the relevant cellar assistants):


  • Eunice Brink, Stellar Organics

Orange River

  • Adriaan Bobbejee, Orange River Cellars, Upington
  • Enrico van Wyk, Orange River Cellars, Upington
  • Johnny Swartz, Orange River Cellars, Kakamas
  • L Charles Booysen, Orange River Cellars, Kakamas
  • Cornelius Cassie Daries, Orange River Cellars, Grootdrink


  • Danwill Arries, Eenzaamheid


  • Franco Magerman, Opstal
  • Marquin Windvogel, De Doorns Wine Cellar


  • Godfrey Josiah, La Motte


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