Meet our Winemaker

We are proud to introduce the brains behind the bottle

Gentle giant Niël Groenewald makes a big impression all over the world with his engaging warmth, obvious passion and natural ability to educate and excite customers and consumers not only about Bellingham, but South African wine in general.

“We are passionate about our customers and we want to meet them. We therefore schedule visits to key markets in order to interact with the consumers there and make sure that our wines are well received and enjoyed in different parts of the world,” says Niël.

Not just a pretty face by a long shot, this dynamic winemaker completed his Executive MBA from UCT Graduate school of Business in 2011. But that doesn’t mean he lacks in imagination – his calculated, tactical approach to traditional practices belies an awesome vision that is tangible in his wines and underpinned by measured modern methodology and a fearless entrepreneurial approach.

Wine Makers Top Tips

Niel’s recommended pairing for his Bernard Series Small Barrell SMV

Slow roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary served with chocolate sand

 

 

Niel’s recommended pairing for his Bernard Series Handpicked Viognier

Macadamia nut butter with seared tuna and micro herbs.

 

 

Niel’s recommended pairing for hisBernard Series Old Vines Chenin Blanc

Seared Prawns with Ponzu Dressing

 

 

Niel’s recommended pairing for his Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne

Rooibos infused panna cotta with fig and rosemary syrup

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