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Our People

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!

Charl du Plessis

CHIEF 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 spending time outdoors and with his children on his odd day off.
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Koos Visser

MARKETING MANAGER

Our marketing guru has been with Orange River Cellars for more than two decades and remains of the region's most enthusiastic ambassadors. This eternal optimist is passionate about farming, metal work, mechanics and ploughing back into the community.
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Eduard Mostert

CHIEF FINANCIAL MANAGER

Eduard is another veteran staff member at Orange River Cellars and enjoys gardening, reading travelling and camping. He believes in getting his hands dirty and making a positive difference in the lives of others.
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Altus Theron

CHIEF 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.
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Auret Nagel

GROUP HUMAN RESOURCE 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.
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Chris Venter

PRODUCTION 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.
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Johan van der Merwe

PACKAGING & 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.
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Henning Burger

MANAGER: VITICULTURAL SERVICES

As the head of our viticultural division, Henning lives and breathes all things vineyard related. When he is not travelling to every corner of Orange River Cellars' expansive farmlands, he loves to hunt and spend time at the coast with his family.
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Estelle Strauss

MEMBERSHIP 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.
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Maria February

LABORATORY & RESEARCH MANAGER

Maria is seasoned all-rounder in the wine industry and has an eclectic range of interests including astrophysics, motor sport, cooking and fashion. Her secret to success is a good value system and people skills, as well as an inquisitive nature.
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Élene Swanepoel

EXPORT LIAISON & MARKETING ASSISTANT

In her work, as in life, Élene is an expert multi-tasker and believes in bringing precision, but also positivity and humour to every situation. She is an avid gardener, and enjoys spending time with her loved ones around a glass of Orange River Wines.
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Jorine Viviers

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

With her effervescent personality and passion for wine tourism, Jorine is the ideal person to take care of the company's public relations. She always likes to look at the glass half full, and expresses her creative side through photography, art, needle work and baking.
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