A new wave of progressive winemakers has emerged in SA and, since 2011, we’ve been showcasing these future stars at our annual Young Guns™ tastings. Each year, we scour the vineyards and unearth the producers who’ll be making tomorrow’s greatest wines.


Today, Young Guns™ is a highlight of the wine industry calendar.

What is a Young Gun?

Past Events

June

2018

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.

June

2017

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.

June

2016

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.

June

2015

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.

July

2014

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.

June

2013

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.

June

2012

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.

June

2011

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.