How De Wetshof stays ahead in the wine business

Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer of the year for 2018, Johann de Wet of De Wetshof Wine Estate, tells Glenneis Kriel how he and his brother, Peter, are keeping their family’s wine-making legacy alive.

Being the son of legendary winemaker Danie de Wet could easily have been intimidating, but Johann de Wet sees it as a privilege and a way to create a legacy for his children.

After all, Danie, owner of De Wetshof Wine Estate in the Robertson Wine Valley, is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing improved plant material into South Africa in the late 1970s, as well as a former KWV chairperson.

“People assume it’s hard to follow in the footsteps of somebody as inspirational as my father, but to me he’s just my dad,” says Johann, 35.

“The great thing about being his son is that I grew up in an environment where I was constantly exposed to industry news and politics, which has left me well-connected with many influential and knowledgeable industry players.”

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