Meet our Winemaker
Newly appointed General Manager and Winemaker, Jaco van Niekerk, hails from two families with deeply rooted farming traditions. The decision to become a winemaker was therefore a natural progression and one which allows him to express his love for nature as well as his convivial personality daily. Since graduating from the University of Stellenbosh with a BSc degree in Viticulture and Winemaking in 2004, he has honed his winemaking skills in estate wineries like Boschendal ,Seidelberg,Chateau Chasse-Spleen Bordeaux and Simi California as well as in 48000 ton large scale winemaking operations like Lutzville Vineyards on the West Coast. As a regular visitor to winemaking regions across the world, he has kept abreast of the latest developments in oenology as well as wine styles of the world, and has forged lasting relationships with clients and consumers alike.
With this background, paired with his energetic and positive attitude, he is set to build on the foundation laid by his predecessors in order to position Piekenierskloof Wine Company as one of the leading wineries in the South Africa wine landscape – prominent because of remarkable quality, but also because of a unique experience in South African culture.
When he is not making wine or entertaining a customer, he can be found in the midst of a Nguni cattle herd following in the footsteps of a generation gone back , or in front of an open fire with a glass of Shiraz, in proper South African fashion.