All aspirant winemakers participating in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme have been given the rare opportunity of making their own wines in their own dedicated Quintessence French oak barrels donated by the Cape Cooperage Group. This Paarl based company has extended its support of the Guild’s Protégé Programme by donating a barrel to every Protégé in his or her second year until 2014, ensuring that current and future Protégés will have the opportunity to experiment with their own wines.
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, a mentorship initiative which gives talented graduates the rare opportunity to work side by side with some of the country’s finest winemakers, now boasts a total of six protégés after three new candidates were recruited into the programme this year.
The Guild’s three new protégés are Heinrich Kulsen and Chandré Petersen, hailing from Paarl in the Western Cape and Philani Shongwe from Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.
The membership of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild has grown to 45 with the induction of two new members, Bartho Eksteen of Hermanuspietersfontein Wingerde and Miles Mossop of Tokara.