GARDEN ROUTE WINE MAKER
Welcome to our new wine maker Christoff de Wet. Christoff just started as our new wine maker and will be bringing new flavour and his own unique touch to Houtbosch. Thereafter I enrolled at Elsenburg where I studied winemaking and achieved 2 diplomas, one in Oenology and one in Viticulture.
After my studies I went to Australia and California (again) where I did 2 harvests in one year. In 2010 I joined Distell and worked there for 8 years. There I joined the Fleur du Cap team at Die Bergkelder where we made world award winning wines such as the Unfiltered Merlot 2014 to win the Prestigious Merlot Trophy award as well as a Gold award during the 2017 IWSC. The Bergkelder Selection Shiraz 2013 to win Best Shiraz as well as the Best Red Wine overall at the 2015 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The Laszlo 2015 (Fleur du Cap’s flagship) to win double gold during the 2018 Veritas awards and this is just to name a few.
In 2018 I joined Lutzville Vineyards and finished my 19th harvest this year before joining De Krans earlier this month.
2001 – Kenwood Winery Sonoma, California (Intern)
2002-2003 – Elsenburg College
2004 – Koelenhof (Intern)
2005 – Kanu Wines (Intern)
2005-2006 – Morgenhof Estate (Assistant Winemaker)
2007-2008 – Hazendal Estate (Assistant Winemaker and did my practical in Viticulture on the farm while enrolled at Elsenburg (2007) and in 2008 I finished my Oenology)
2009 – 2 harvests: Houghtons Wines (Constellation Wines, Australia)
Ravenswood Wines (Constellation Wines, USA)
2010-2017 – Distell, Die Bergkelder and Adam Tas (Assistant Red Winemaker)
2015 – Rued Winery, Sonoma, California (Seasonal Winemaker, had the opportunity to go overseas and do a harvest while being at Distell. This winery is owned by my sister and her husband)
2018-2019 – Lutzville Vineyards (Winemaker, all reds and Sauv blanc)