WILHELM PIENAAR – NEDERBURG RED WINEMAKER
Nederburg’s newest cellar team member, Wilhelm Pienaar joined in October 2009 and makes the reds. He spent two years at the esteemed SupAgro Montpellier in France, adding to his already impressive post-graduate qualifications in viticulture and winemaking from the University of Stellenbosch. Pinot noir, often called the heartbreak grape, is Wilhelm’s preferred varietal for the personal challenges it poses and the sense of achievement when succeeding in expressing its true flavours and character. He worked with Pinot noir while in France and also when made sparkling wines as cellarmaster at JC le Roux.
“Winemaking is not just a job, it is a passion and a lifestyle. And the essence of it, for me, is for the winemaker to remain true to his or her intuitions.” - WP