Edwin, born and raised in Ireland, has been coming to South Africa since 1981. Previously, he was the largest sports tour operator to South Africa, and the first ever to take tourists into the Western Cape townships.
He inaugurated a bursary to educate 50 underprivileged children for the five years of their secondary education.
Very hands-on – some say he’s a control freak – he spends up to three months a year on the farm.
He used to have a 4 500-bottle cellar at his home in Ireland, which he sold to build the winery cellar at Doran Vineyards. His 84 bottles of Château Lafite 2000 bought the cellar’s 21 steel tanks.
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A wine lifer and Western Cape wine legend. He was born on Groot Constantia and went to Elsenburg, from where he took over the reins at Buitenverwachting. He created Buiten Blanc – the first multi-white cultivar blend, which now sells 70 000 cases a year. Andre’s son Adi has been at the forefront of the Swartland Revolution and its recent iconic international status.
André runs the farm and has done an exceptional job bringing it up to the highest standards, much admired by locals. He is an avid tree planter, which has increased substantially the beauty of the farm. He furthermore developed the farm’s cattle and sheep programmes.
Piet started working as General Manager in May 2021. He qualified as a Winemaker at Elsenburg Agriculture College and gained valuable experience over the years, locally and abroad, not only in winemaking, but also in viticulture.
Born and growing up in Swellendam (Western Cape), made agriculture an easy choice for a career. “If I have to make a career decision again, I’ll most definitely would choose agriculture again.”
Piet takes care of the whole farm, with the 3 main branches being the vineyards, cattle and oats. Piet is married to Anel and they have 2 boys, Dieter and Wico. As a family they enjoy living on the farm and also doing things together.
Pieter has been working on this farm for 20+ years. He was even here before it was a wine farm. He was born on the Sand Rivier Farm and schooled at Schooneoord. His first job was with Bernhem (now called Taillard) where he stayed for three years before coming to us.
He is responsible for the day to day running of the farm. He still plays rugby, now in his fifth decade, with his eldest son. Pieter is married to Natalie, our housekeeper, who has been on the farm since 1998. With three boys, Natalie says he is an adoring father and grandfather.
Martin spent quite a lot of his time in the then Natal where his father worked on farms. He now owns a farm in the Karoo although the family live in Mossel Bay. After school, Martin went to Stellenbosch and tried a couple of courses at Stellenbosch University before he finally settled on wine. Engineering didn’t offer him the same excitement.
He thought that he should know more about what he was spending all of his money on and changed to oenology. He qualified as the leading male in their class of 2010 and worked a year with David Nieuwoudt at Cederberg plus a vintage in France’s Rhône Valley with Les Vins de Vienne. This was his second overseas trip. His first was to Robben Island. He is married to Michelle with a daughter, Kirsten, and a son, Dirk. And Cinsaut, his Ridgeback!