The Faces Of Steenberg Wines
Having qualified as an oneologist in 1995, John “The Lobster” Loubser joined Steenberg in 2001, having previously served Graham Beck Wines in Robertson.
Bringing a positive and sensitive passion for wine to the Steenberg stable, John has made an indelible mark on our superb wines.
“At Steenberg we make the utmost of what nature has given us and gently create unique classical wines full of personality,” says John and emphasises that, “Steenberg wines are like a fingerprint of the terroir.”
John has won the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award in 2003 for the Constantia Uitsig Semillon Reserve 2002. He was also runner up in the 2003 Winemaker of the Year Award for the Steenberg Semillon 2003.
Johann de Swardt
Johann De Swardt has been nurturing and tending to our vineyards since 1999, something which he is passionate about.
Johann has an emotional dedication to animals and nature which is bred deeply within him – something a true farmer cannot prosper without.
Johann’s philosophy is: “to have a winning farm/business, you have to be hard on standards, soft on people, farm with nature and above all, put in more than you take out.”
Johann and his team nurture the vineyards from young vines to full production and are committed to ensuring that the quality of fruit is worthy of the Steenberg label.
JD Pretorius was appointed as winemaker to work under the expert mentorship of General Manager and Cellar Master, John Loubser in 2009. In 2012, JD embraced the challenge and took over as Cellar Master.
JD personifies that enthusiastic generation of young winemakers, and brings along a fresh approach and infectious enthusiasm.
He learnt his trade from accomplished winemakers such as Erika Obermeyer at Graham Beck Wines and Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof Wines, and brings with him experience gained at these and other prominent cellars in the Cape Winelands and in California at Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma County.
When not pursuing his winemaking passion, this robust young man can be found exploring the great outdoors, cycling, paddling or golf and surfing.
Jolette Steyn joined the Steenberg team as Assistant Winemaker in 2014.
Jolette focused on design throughout her schooling. After a year of living in France after high school, Jolette decided to combine her love for travel, languages, art and sciences by studying Winemaking (Bachelor of Science Degree in Viticulture and Oenology) at the University of Stellenbosch.
Jolette then completed her Master of Science in Europe while attending classes in Angers (France), Piacenza (Italy) and Valencia (Spain) and concluded with her thesis project on the “Vigour of Grenache Noir Vines in Priorat” (Spain). Before, during and after her studies Jolette continued her motto of lifelong learning by harvesting and working at ten different wineries throughout South Africa, New Zealand, France, Spain and the USA before taking on the role of Assistant Winemaker at Steenberg Vineyards in October 2014 and then being promoted to Winemaker shortly afterwards.
In 2016, Jolette passed her WSET Advanced Level 3 course with distinction and is working towards becoming a UK Master of Wine.
Jolette’s philosophy centres on a profound respect for the traditions of the viticultural community and for different terroir, whilst simultaneously focusing on creativity and innovation within the wine and vine spectrum.
Production & Cellar Team
Our Cellar Team plays an important role in the operation of our Wine Cellar and ensuring that everything runs smoothly while controlling the quality of our wine.
Our Production Team completes the finished product. Bottling, disgorging, labelling and packing are all performed meticulously with an eye for detail ensuring that the quality standards are maintained.
Johann's Vineyard Team strives to give of their best to Steenberg by cultivating our vineyards to produce the healthiest grapes of the best quality.
The quality of these grapes is what determines the quality of the wine and JD himself has said that, he "merely guides the grapes into the bottle", providing that quality is root deep.