We house 15 families on the farm, most of whom have been here for many years.
“Our winery would be nothing without the people”, says winemaker Dewaldt Heyns. “Their contribution is invaluable, We are a small team, but together we bring a wealth of experience to the job. It is a privilege to work as a part of this family.”. Saronsberg management offers more than just employment, uplifting cellar staff through ongoing training.
This committed team has combined technical expertise and obsessive attention to detail to achieve outstanding results. Since our first vintage the farm has come to rank among the top performers in the country, increasingly achieving success in winning domestic and international awards. This consistent quality in all our wines from one vintage to the next can be attributed to Dewaldt’s vision and attention to detail.
Dewaldt grew up on his father’s grape farm in the Swartland and has always had an intimate relationship with the vine. After completing his studies at Elsenburg Agricultural College (Stellenbosch) in 1995, he was appointed viticulturist/assistant winemaker at Rust en Vrede, which greatly influenced his winemaking and viticultural philosophy.
In 2003 he joined Saronsberg as winemaker and was part of building and establishing the brand new cellar. The results speak for themselves.
Apart from study trips to various countries, Dewaldt also did harvesting stints at Dry Creek Vineyards, Sonoma, California and Domaine Cave Yves Cuilleron, Condrieu, France.