Durbanville Hills Announces Appointment of New Cellar Master

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In the wake of the untimely passing of Martin Moore in May this year, Durbanville Hills is pleased to introduce its new cellar master, Pieter-Niel Rossouw, a seasoned winemaker and viticulturist. Pieter-Niel joins from Darling Cellars where over the past nine years he was the chief winemaker and viticulturist.

Pieter-Niel acknowledges the significant responsibility that comes with his position, following in the footsteps of Martin Moore. He expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity, saying, “Martin was such an accomplished winemaker, intimately acquainted with how each cultivar would perform best in this cool climate region. I look forward to building on the legacy he left behind and producing wines that would make him proud.”

Pieter-Niel eagerly anticipates the opportunity to embrace the challenge of harnessing Durbanville’s cool-climate terroir.

“Durbanville stands as a unique region capable of achieving remarkable success across varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, and Merlot. The profound influence of the Atlantic Ocean, combined with an extensive array of hills and slopes offering a rich tapestry of aspects, microclimates, and soil compositions, lends itself to crafting wines each with their own personality. I am enthusiastic to delve into the vineyard’s versatility and discover the wealth of possibilities it holds.”

“Durbanville Hills has long-standing partnerships with grape growers spanning decades, ensuring unwavering consistency, deep-seated vineyard expertise, and an exceptional team I eagerly await the privilege of collaborating with.”

Pieter-Niel grew up in the Bonnievale farming community and after matric studied Viticulture and Oenology at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch. He nurtured his knowledge during eight years of harvesting experiences in Portugal, Germany, and France, and prior to his tenure at Darling Cellars, he held winemaker and viticulturist positions at Mont du Toit Cellar, Laroche L’Avenir, and Wellington Wines.

Albert Gerber, Managing Director of Durbanville Hills, warmly welcomes Pieter-Niel to the team, emphasising the sense of family that defines the cellar’s culture.

“We are more than just a cellar; we are a close-knit family. We share a deep passion for winemaking and cherish the beauty of this region. Martin was an integral part of our family and has undeniably laid a solid foundation for us to build upon and to continue his 25-year legacy.”

“Pieter-Niel has an impressive track record and his tenure at Darling Cellars is marked by a stellar reputation for producing high-quality wines, earning the cellar numerous accolades. His wealth of expertise and unwavering dedication to the art of winemaking has us incredibly excited as Durbanville Hills embark on this new chapter.”

Beyond the vineyards and cellars, Pieter-Niel Rossouw shares a joint passion for the ocean with his wife and two children. He enjoys spending his free time with his family at Pearly Beach, where they indulge in fishing, surfing, and deep-sea diving, and relish hearty dishes perfectly paired with exceptional wines.

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