For the past 23 years as Vergelegen’s revered winemaker, André van Rensburg, has become known as South Africa’s most passionate winemaker, with countless industry awards and kudos against his name.
André joined Vergelegen in 1998 – and for him it was the perfect fit – two Pichon Trophies at the IWSC, best white wine trophy at IWSC, The Jan Smuts Trophy for the wine of the vintage in 1999 for the Vergelegen Sauvignon Reserve (first time in over 50 years for a white wine to be wine of the vintage), four consecutive Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show awards for best overall performance, two best of Nation awards at the San Francisco International Wine Awards, numerous Platter 5 star awards, and many more.
In 2013 in an effort to take quality even higher, André asked Michel Rolland, who he knew from his time at Napa’s Harlan Estate, to come in as consulting winemaker with a principal focus on overall strategy and blending.
In Andre’s words, “And so we started another journey in search of the Holy Grail of wine making. Michel Rolland did not change big things; it was rather the emphasis on tiny detail.”
This further refined what was already a high quality luxury wine, to a higher echelon of respectability and appreciation, as one of the world’s great (secret) wines.
“We have always believed that Vergelegen is the best viticultural entity in the southern hemisphere and our wines are consistently proving that. The qualities that make up Vergelegen’s unique terroir include its microclimate, which is cooler than much of the surrounding wine-producing area, the wind and the soils (some of the most ancient viticultural soils in the world) which, in synergy, are conducive to the production of world-class wines”.
André Van Rensburg, Winemaker at Vergelegen Estate (Since 1998)