The Winemakers

PG Slabbert

PG Slabbert

Cellar Master

“My philosophy is, if you exceed on quality at a reasonable price you’ll earn your consumer’s unfailing loyalty and trust.”

PG Slabbert has been the cellar master at Stellenbosch Hills since 2003 and has over the years celebrated numerous proud moments and success.

When asked where his passion for winemaking began PG says growing up on his family-owned farm in Northern Cape it was only natural he’d follow a career in agriculture but decided to exchange the red Kalahari dunes for an oasis of green vines and excellent wines.  He completed his winemaking degree at Stellenbosch University in 1995 after which he started his career at KWV and joined Stellenbosch Hills (then Vlottenburg) in 1997.  He enjoys every part of the wine industry from the vine, to the winemaking and marketing.

To summarize his passion PG says it’s the uniqueness of wine that most interest him.

James Ochse

James Ochse

Winemaker

“Starting the journey out in the vineyard, accompanying the grapes to the cellar and finding balance between classical principles and current influences are my focus.”

James joined the Stellenbosch Hills team as winemaker after working harvests in Marlborough in New Zealand and the Napa Valley in California, as well as working as assistant red winemaker at Zonnebloem, Distell, for the past three years.  He grew up in the Stellenbosch area and graduated from the Stellenbosch University.

 “I’m a huge fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, probably because I was introduced to the grape by my uncle, Kevin Arnold of Waterford Estate. Tasting his wine taught me what was possible. He ignited my interest in winemaking and it seemed the right fit for my personality. I’m very physical and precise but also adaptable.”

“Creating wines that is of today, but also for tomorrow, will be my biggest challenge. “Wines that are relevant, desirable and delicious now, but that will retain those same qualities, years and years from now.”

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