Vergelegen announces new winemaker

The wines of Vergelegen Estate have evolved over decades, even centuries, reflecting the intricate blend of terroir, cultivar, sunshine and rain that have resulted in a revered reputation. At the heart of this process lie the knowledge and creativity of the resident winemakers, who conduct the complex undertaking which culminates in wine of immense calibre.

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Vergelegen Gardens

Each individual winemaker fits into a larger picture, drawing on the groundwork laid down by their predecessor, and working with viticulturists and other members of the winemaking team to support future vintages.

Vergelegen, now 322 years old, has enjoyed great winemaking continuity with the services of Martin Meinert (1989-1998) and André van Rensburg (1998-2022).

Now, the multi-levelled cellar at Vergelegen, with its stupendous 360˚ views, has become the domain of incoming winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain. Luke was previously the acclaimed winemaker at French-inspired Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch where, from 2008, he produced wines recognised for their power, elegance and balance.

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Luke O’Cuinneagain

With a B.Sc. Agric. (Viticulture and Oenology) Honours from Stellenbosch University, Luke initially gained experience at Rustenburg Estate for five years. He also learnt from international winemakers at Château de Fieuzal  and Château Angelus in Bordeaux, Caves Robert Dietrich in Alsace, and Screaming Eagle in California. 

We are doubly delighted that we can look forward to tasting Luke’s Vergelegen wines as early as next year. Vergelegen has built our reputation on environmental sustainability and Bordeaux-style wines.

Vergelegen wishes André, an industry giant, the best in all his future endeavours. We also extend a warm welcome to Luke, who brings with him a sterling reputation, and look forward with great anticipation to enjoying the fruits of his transition to Vergelegen.