CWG adds two new members

Samantha O’Keefe and JD Pretorius have been invited into South Africa’s prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild in recognition of their winemaking achievements.

L-R: JD Pretorius, Samantha O’Keefe and CWG chairman Boela Gerber

The Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) now comprises 48 members and membership is only extended to those who are judged to have been producing outstanding wine for at least the last five years.

O’Keefe, who moved to South Africa from the United States, is owner and winemaker at Lismore, an estate she established herself in Greyton.

Just the sixth woman to be inducted into the Guild, she is joins Rianie Strydom and fellow American Andrea Mullineux as the three current female members.

Having founded Lismore in 2003 and focusing primarily on Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, O’Keefe’s wines have frequently been highly praised by commentators such as Jancis Robinson MW, Neal Martin and Tim Atkin MW.

JD Pretorius meanwhile has just joined Warwick Estate after 10 years at Steenberg Vineyards.

As cellar master at the latter estate he has racked up award after award, particularly for his Sauvignon Blancs while he was named the Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year for his Merlot in 2014.

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