Woman Winemaker Joins Cape Winemakers Guild
The only new member to join the Guild this year, Andrea is a formidable winemaker.
“Andrea is a forward thinking winemaker with a proven track record of producing exceptional wines of the highest quality,” says Vice Chairman Andries Burger, who believes her international experience as a University of California BSC graduate and numerous harvests in France and California, coupled with her vast technical knowledge and expertise, make her a great addition to the Guild.
Currently one of two women in the 46 member strong Guild, Andrea joins Rianie Strydom, who has been a Guild member since 2010. The other women who have been members of the Guild during its illustrious 30 year history, are Janey Muller of Lemberg, Louise Hofmeyr of Welgemeend and Norma Ratcliffe of Warwick Wine Estate, who is still actively involved in the Guild as honorary member.
Andrea has excelled both locally and internationally boasting no less than seven Platter’s 5-Star wines since starting Mullineux Family Wines with her husband, Chris, in 2007. Her wines are rated consistently over 90 points across all vintages by authoritative international publications such as Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. Andrea is also an active flag bearer of the Swartland wine region as founding member of Swartland Independent and committee member of the Swartland Revolution, the appellation’s major annual wine event.
The Management Committee of the Cape Winemakers Guild also enters 2013 with a few changes. Jeff Grier of Villiera succeeds Louis Strydom as Chairman, supported by new Vice Chairman, Andries Burger of Paul Cluver. David Finlayson of Edgebaston serves another year as Treasurer and Frans Smit of Spier remains as CWG Cellarmaster. Louis Nel joins the committee as Workshop Cellarmaster charged with managing the Guild’s technical workshops.
Membership of the Cape Winemakers Guild is by invitation only and is extended to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years, and who continue to do so.
The Guild is committed, through its members, to innovation and consistent production of high quality, limited edition wines and prides itself on setting new benchmarks for the South African wine industry.
In conjunction with Nedbank, the Guild runs various upliftment programmes in the winelands such as bursaries for secondary and tertiary education and the Protégé Programme, a mentorship programme for young, aspirant winemakers.