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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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Johan Hugo

CHIEF 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.
johanhugo@owk.co.za

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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Ferdinand Laubscher

LABORATORY & 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.
ferdi@owk.co.za

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