The Institute has named La Motte and Leopard’s Leap CEO Hein Koegelenberg as its Wine Personality of the year.

Hein began making wine in 1984 at Spier Wine Estate and later was CEO at Windmeul Cellar before moving to La Motte. A huge supporter of and ambassador for South African wines at home and abroad, Hein is Chairman of the Franschhoek Wine Valley Association and has forged links with Asia to sell and promote SA wines. He is also focussed on wine tourism, constantly looking for good examples on his travels and feels SA should make this a priority.

Hein is passionate about wine education and has been pivotal in the success of the Cape Wine Academy. He enjoys keeping up with technology – his tweets and website ( have a considerable following. An ex Rugby player of note, Hein still enjoys golf, but as a central figure in the SA wine industry, Hein is happy to devote his time to supporting and promoting the industry, and the Institute of Cape Wine Masters salutes and thanks him for that.

From left to right: Dr Winifred Bowman (ICWM Chairman), Hein Koegelenberg and Dr Andy Roediger (CWM)

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