Having joined the Fleur du Cap winemaking team in October 2013 as the red winemaker and now the Cellarmaster, Wim Truter has come full circle in his winemaking career. It was at Die Bergkelder, that Wim completed his very first vintage in 2003 as an aspirant winemaker in his final year of studies for his BSC degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. With plenty of experience and international training behind his name, Wim is now in charge of the entire winemaking process of Die Bergkelder.
Fuelled with a passion for travelling after his graduation, Wim who hails from the Strand, decided to gain international experience in Australia where he worked for the renowned producer Hardy’s in both McLaren Vale in South Australia and in Margaret River in Western Australia. He also spent a harvest in a small Southern Rhône cellar in France and another at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, California.
I love travelling and my bucket list is filled with a couple of winemaking destinations I would still like to experience
Wim Truter | Cellarmaster
At the end of 2005 he settled in at Nederburg as assistant red winemaker, a position he held for two years. In 2007 he was promoted to red winemaker and was sent by the winery to France in mid 2009 to complete a Masters degree in the study of viticulture, wine, terroir and marketing at the Groupe Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture (Groupe ESA) in Angers. Wim completed his thesis in South Africa, researching the influence of viticulture and winemaking on wine style and quality. He rejoined Nederburg as white winemaker in January 2012.
His international exposure in both large commercial and small, independent wineries and commitment to producing the best of the best, make him a superb fit as the Cellarmaster with the award winning Fleur du Cap winemaking team at Die Bergkelder.
Wim aims to make wines that consumers will enjoy and return to time and time again.
“I strive to put the best possible product out there every time we put wine into the bottle. I believe we have amazing potential in terms of our natural resources and our people,” says Wim.
Wim’s approach to winemaking is a true embodiment of Fleur du Cap’s philosophy of Regional Excellence. Inspired by nature and harking back to more traditional, hands-on winemaking practices, the Fleur du Cap winemaking team manages to unlock the natural expression inherent in the best grapes from select parcels of vines grown in a diverse range of locations each selected for their unique combinations of soils, climate, aspect and orientation that is best suited to the particular varietal throughout the Western Cape.