The Wine Maker

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Louis Strydom often describes each harvest as the one chance he gets every year to produce something truly memorable. In the constant pursuit of producing a world-class South African wine, his attitude is unwavering and uncompromising when it comes to his standards for his wine. He will not settle for anything less than the best from the harvest he receives, and this commitment and passion is evident in his wines.

Louis has walked the long road with Ernie since the brands inception during 1999 and has been father to each and every wine produced. Close to two decades have passed and he has continued to distinguish himself as an exceptionally gifted winemaker, and now also heads up our operation as Managing Director. His understanding of the terroir, and performance levels of these vineyards have been a key ingredient to the success of his wines.

Louis has been acclaimed both locally and internationally for his wines. His achievements include being rated in the internationally respected Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the World for 4 consecutive years. He is also one of a handful of South African winemakers to be awarded five 5-Star ratings in recent editions of the John Platter Wine Guide and top honours in numerous other local awards.

During November 2010 Louis’ talents and expertise were further recognized and rewarded by the wine industry with him being appointed as Chairperson of the renowned Cape Winemaker’s Guild.