As a wine company, we place a paramount value on relationships. Our relationship with our employees is something we continuously aspire to nurture and grow. Our wines are as much a product of our people as our pristine environment, after all. Friendly faces are synonymous with our region, and we’d like you to meet ours!

As a wine company, we place a paramount value on relationships. Our relationship with our employees is something we continuously aspire to nurture and grow. Our wines are as much a product of our people as our pristine environment, after all. Friendly faces are synonymous with our region, and we’d like you to meet ours!

    Our Management Team

Charl du Plessis
Charl du PlessisCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Originally hailing from Kroonstad in the Free State, Charl gained a wealth of experience in the export fruit and ostrich meat industries before joining the Orange River Cellars team in December 2017. He is passionate about brand building. And on his odd day off he likes to spend time outdoors.
Johan Hugo
Johan HugoCHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Based in the Cape, Johan holds a special place in his heart for the vast open expanses of the Northern Cape. With more than 20 years’ experience in the FMCG environment, he is well versed in the intricacies of the drinks industry. In his free time he enjoys the company of family and friends, as well as travelling.
Renthia Wolmarans
Renthia WolmaransCHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
A passionate and skilled financial individual who gained invaluable experience in the Grain Agricultural sector. She is highly dedicated and leaves no stone unturned in die pursuit of sound financial management. She believes in working together as a team and is passionate to share the knowledge she gained with fellow team members. During her time off, she loves camping and fishing with her family.
Altus Theron
Altus TheronCHIEF PRODUCTION OFFICER
Heading up the busy engine room that is our production division, is Altus, who is known to his colleagues and friends as an approachable and caring individual. He loves to go camping with his family, as well as mountain biking and reading.
Auret Nagel
Auret NagelGROUP HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
Our seasoned HR chief loves hunting, camping and exploring new places, especially from the back of a motorcycle. In keeping with the values of his profession, he strives to empower people to reach their full potential, and being fair and consistent.
Chris Venter
Chris VenterPRODUCTION MANAGER: WINE
With more than twenty years combined experience in winemaking, production and project management, Chris is the calm, capable captain of our wine operations. He loves to read non-fiction, gardening and travelling, and describes himself as an adventurous and creative introvert.
Johan van der Merwe
Johan van der MerwePROCUREMENT & DISTRIBUTION MANAGER
Johan is a firm believer in Henry Ford’s words “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress” as a mantra for the workplace. He enjoys camping, hunting, hiking, playing golf and having a braai with family and friends.
Andre Aggenbag
Andre AggenbagMANAGER: VITICULTURAL SERVICES
He is part of ORC’s viticultural team that together with the producers ensures good quality grapes, and in effect, good quality wine.
He is very adventurous and enjoys any outdoor activities; . He loves my sport, especially golf.
Estelle Strauss
Estelle StraussMEMBERSHIP MATTERS & FOOD SAFETY MANAGER
With her vast experience in administration and quality assurance, Estelle is an integral part of the Orange River Cellars team. She enjoys gardening, exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Ferdi Laubscher
Ferdi LaubscherLABORATORY & RESEARCH MANAGER
Hailing from Somerset West, Ferdi brings his years of experience as a Winemaker as well as a Laboratory manager to the team. His interests include various sciences and technology. He values mutual respect and believes that doing the right thing at the right time and in the right way, is the truest path to success.
Klippies Botes
Klippies BotesOPERATIONS MANAGER
With 25 years of experience in production environment, I strive in creating an open communication channel between staff and management. Believe in a well-disciplined work environment where every employee can develop him/her self to their full potential, with a big drive when it comes to customer service. He loves hunting, outdoor life and doing woodwork.
John Steensma
John SteensmaPACKAGING MANAGER
John believes, your work is your pride, your name is on every product that goes out at the gate and sells detail. He enjoys the outdoors, motorcycling and to 4×4 with his family.