The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild development Trust was established in 1999 to support social development through further education in the South African wine industry.
Funded through donations as well as proceeds raised by Guild members at charity events throughout the year, the Trust currently focuses on four main projects:
· Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme (Oenology and Viticulture)
· Bursaries for Final Year and Post-Graduate Oenology and Viticulture Students
· Wine Training South Africa
· Circle of Excellence
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme
By cultivating, nurturing and empowering promising oenologists and viticulturists, the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme plays an active role in the transformation of the industry to ensure its long term health and sustainability.
The Protégé Programme is a 3-year internship which provides aspirant winemakers and viticulturists the opportunity to work alongside and be mentored by the members of the Guild.
Protégés attend many life skills, wine tasting and business courses which set them on the road for success as future leaders in the South African wine industry. Since its establishment in 2006, 24 winemakers and viticulturists have participated in the Protégé Programme.
Billy Hofmeyr AgriSeta Bursaries
The Protégé Programme also offers Billy Hofmeyr AgriSeta bursaries to final year Viticulture and Oenology students at Stellenbosch University and Elsenburg Agricultural College, as well as bursaries to Post-Graduate students from time to time.
Wine Training South Africa
In 2014, the Nedbank CWG Development Trust joined forces with Wine Training South Africa (WTSA) and assisted with the SETA accreditation of WTSA courses. This has enabled WTSA to establish a recognised, national qualification whereby cellar workers can develop and advance their winemaking skills through formal training.
Circle of Excellence
The Circle of Excellence is a support programme for that gives recognition to cellar workers with special skills. This is a support and mentorship programme which encourages cellar workers to develop their knowledge and assists with the facilitation of further training. The Nedbank CWG Development Trust assists with the funding of projects to assist cellar workers reach their full potential as individuals and in their careers.
- Louis Strydom, Ernie Els Wines – Chairman
- Jana Wiese – Nedgroup Trust Limited
- Francois Naude – Honorary CWG Member
- Gerard Martin - Winetech