As DGB group viticulturist Stephan Joubert is responsible for ensuring the award winning winemaking team is supplied with grapes of exceptional quality. In managing all grower relations and grape buying throughout the Western Cape, he is accountable for all logistics of grape intake ensuring all the grapes are picked at optimum ripeness.

Stephan, who studied a BSc.Agric in Winemaking and Viticulture before completing his Honours in Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch, not only spends time in the vineyards, but can be found in the tasting room with his winemaking colleagues and in the cellar involved with special parcels of grapes intended for top-end wines.

“My passion is to understand (and keep on learning) all the influences from the vine to the wine and then to manage these influences whilst assisting in the making of exceptional wines across a variety of styles,” says Stephan.

“My focus is to manage wine flavour in the vineyard and then to focus my expertise on understanding all the terroir influences so that I can source the best grapes from South Africa’s best vineyards. They say wine ‘is made in the vineyard’ and getting to work with grapes from great sites across the Western Cape is an absolute privilege.”

Stephan is married with two kids, loves the outdoors and traveling to other African countries.