Chief Executive and Cellarmaster
Carl joined DeMorgenzon in July 2010 and currently fills the role of Cellarmaster and Chief Executive. Together with a successful team he has established DeMorgenzon as one of South Africa’s most highly regarded wine producers. Our innumerable local accolades include an unprecedented Platter’s White Wine Of The Year for two years running, and International Trophies for Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc at the prestigious Decanter World Wine awards. The DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc won The International Chenin Blanc Trophy for three years in a row at The International Wine Challenge in London.
Carl is highly driven towards producing excellent wines that reflect more than just great winemaking. Together with his team in the winery and the vineyards, Carl has created styles of wine that are a unique reflection of DeMorgenzon, and have proven to be highly regarded by some of the world’s leading wine judges. Carl’s philosophy is simple: to interfere as little as possible and as much as necessary. Winemaking at DeMorgenzon is highly detailed and focused and Carl is determined to improve on each years’ experience. A degree in Business Management and Oenology at Stellenbosch University and extensive experience abroad including a cumulative nine months at two Bordeaux Chateaux, a harvest in Washington State and a harvest in China, have laid the foundations for Carl to build a successful business and world class winery.
Carl firmly believes that a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive environment with minimal intervention, produces infinitely better grapes. He is deeply committed to the sustainable development of the South African wine industry.