| Carl Schultz | Cellarmaster & Director: Hartenberg Wine Estate

Carl graduated as dux student in 1988 from Elsenburg. He joined Hartenberg Wine Estate as winemaker in 1994. The estate first came to prominence in the late 1970s under the "Montagne" label, producing top-end Shiraz. Today the property produces three highly regarded examples of this grape. In 1996 Carl was appointed as a director of the estate and invited that year to join the Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG). Carl has also previously served as chair of the CWG. Over the past fifteen years at Hartenberg, Carl has worked and travelled widely in Australia, France, Italy, Portugal, the United States and Germany, with the aim of expanding his frame of reference and technical knowledge. Today, as cellarmaster he oversees both viticultural and winemaking production at the Estate. 2020 saw Carl complete 27th vintage at Hartenberg.

| Eben Sadie | Proprietor: The Sadie Family Wines

Eben graduated from Elsenburg College near Stellenbosch in 1994. Following this, he worked a number of harvests in Germany, Spain, France, United States and South Africa. In 2000 he ventured out on his own to pursue his passion for blends and terroir in his Swartland home. From what Eben describes as a ‘little shack’ in the Paardeberg, he began creating The Sadie Family Wines with two signature wines – Columella (a red blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Tinta Barocca) and Palladius (a white blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Semillon, Clairette, Verdellho and others). After a decade of producing these signature wines the Family released the Old Vine Series, a bottling of eight single vineyard old vine parcels: Skerpioen, Skurfberg, Voetpad, Mev. Kirsten, Kokerboom, Pofadder, Soldaat and Treinspoor. Today, he is one of South Africa’s most well-known and respected winemakers who played an inimitable role in putting the Swartland region on the map.

| Rosa Kruger | Viticulture Consultant/ Vineyard Manager

Rosa is a vineyard manager for several clients in the Western Cape who specialise in the production of premium wines. She works in many different wine-growing regions, ranging from Sutherland in the Namakwa Karoo, at an altitude of 1500m, to Swartland, Tulbagh, Stellenbosch and Hemel and Aarde. Rosa initiated the formation of the Old Vine Project in 2001. This project, presently under management of Andre Morgenthal, aims to preserve the oldest vineyards in South Africa and train farmworkers and farm managers to “plant to grow old”.

| Conrad Schutte | Manager: Vinpro Consultation Services

Conrad has led Vinpro Consultation Services from July 2019. Prior to that held technical and management roles within the Vinpro group. Before joining Vinpro, Conrad held various technical viticulture positions within the South African wine industry- ranging from conducting viticulture research to hands on practical viticulture implementation for leading wine estates. Living in the USA for over three years, Conrad learned to think ‘outside the box’ by closely monitoring and managing grapevine response in what could be considered extreme climate conditions. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University which awarded him an outstanding achievement for strategic management. To refine his luxury wine knowledge he completed Global Luxury Brand management exchange programme at Sup de Luxe- Paris, France. He also completed his Honours degree specialising in viticulture after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Plant Pathology at Stellenbosch University.