A new wave of progressive winemakers has emerged in SA over the last decade. This movement of, mostly, young winemakers was arguably kicked-started by Eben Sadie back in 2000. His revolutionary view of the Swartland, avant-garde winemaking, as well as an international perspective, pushed the Sadie Family to become the SA's new benchmark for fine wine. The new breed of winemakers took this inspiration, spreading throughout the Winelands and ignited the entire industry.
‘Was this year's showing by the Cape's young guns the tasting of the year? It certainly felt like it.’ – Jancis Robinson MW, reporting on 2019 New Wave London tasting
Since 2011, Wine Cellar has been showcasing these future stars at our annual Young Guns™ tastings and selling their wines online. Each year, we scour the vineyards and unearth the producers who’ll be making tomorrow’s greatest wines.
Young Guns™ At Heart
Featured winemakers: Pieter Walser of BLANKbottle, Niels Verburg of Luddite, Duncan Savage of Savage Wines, Adi Badenhorst of Badenhorst Family Wines, David Niewoudt of Cederberg and Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof.
Young Guns™ Back to Basics
Featured winemakers: Callan Williams of Garajeest, Danie Carinus of Carinus Vineyards, Franco Lourens of Lourens Family Vineyards, Jessica Saurwein of Saurwein, Lukas van Loggerenberg of Van Loggerenberg Wines, Etienne Terblanche & Stephanie Wiid of Thistle & Weed and Paul Hoogwerf & Douglas Mylrea of Maanschijn.
Young Guns™ Reloaded
Featured winemakers: Jacques and Reenen Borman of Boschkloof and Patatsfontein, Peter & Peter-Allan Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson and Crystallum, Etienne & Christo Le Riche of Le Riche, Neil & Warren Ellis of Neil Ellis, Braam & David van Velden of Overgaauw and Danie Senior & Danie Junior Steytler of Kaapzicht.
Young Guns™ V
Throwing out the textbook
Featured winemakers: Gavin Bruwer of B-Vintners, Mick & Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines, Lucinda Heyns of Eendevanger, Ryan Mostert of Terracura and Smiley, Tremayne Smith of The Blacksmith, Jasper Wickens of Swerwer and Thinus Krüger of FRAM.
Young Guns™ IV
Wine legends in the making
Featured winemakers: Johan Meyer of JH Meyer Signature Wines, Marelise Jansen van Rensburg of Momento Wines, Jacques de Klerk of Reverie Wines, John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters, Mick & Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines, Francois Haasbroek of Blackwater Wine and Jasper Wickens of Swerwer.
Young Guns™ III
Featured winemakers: Chris Alheit of Alheit Vineyards, Marelise Jansen van Rensburg of Momento Wines, David Sadie of David & Nadia Wines, Johan Meyer of JH Meyer Signature Wines, Jurgen Gouws of Intellego, Craig Hawkins of Testalonga Wines, Donovan Rall of Rall Wines and Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum Wines.
Young Guns™ II
Featured winemakers: Nadia Barnard of Waterkloof, David & Nadia Sadie of David & Nadia Wines, Chris & Suzanne Alheit of Alheit Vineyards, Craig Hawkins of Testalonga Wines and Jurgen Gouws of Intellego.
Young Guns™ I
Featured winemakers: Bryan MacRobert of Tobias & Bryan MacRobert Wines, Howard Booysen of Howard Booysen Wines, Craig Sheard of Elemental Bob, Jurgen Gouws of Intellego and Craig Hawkins of Testalonga Wines.