Fifth-generation Malan cellar master Danie joined Allesverloren to hone his skills under the watchful eye of his father Fanie after graduating from Elsenburg Institute for Agricultural Training in 1987. In 1990, Danie went on to become the cellar master, and took the reins of owner from his father in 2003. Danie’s red wines are his pride and joy, and he humbly attributes their success to the unique terroir of the Swartland wine region. When asked to pick his favourite Allesverloren wine, Danie is hesitant, comparing it to being asked to pick a favourite child. He does, however, admit to having a soft spot for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which he deems the ideal accompaniment to his favourite meat dishes – lamb chops or steak prepared on the braai. When not in the cellar, Danie can be found enjoying time with his wife, children and friends or gazing admiringly at the exquisite Koi and tropical fish he breeds.
Wilhelm de Vries – a winemaker of the Koelenhof-de Vries lineage – joined Allesverloren in 2016. Wilhem finished his B.Sc Agriculture (Viticulture and Winemaking) at the University of Stellenbosch in 2000, after which he joined Koelenhof Wine Cellar as the head red wine maker for the next 15 harvests. Wilhelm has been a seasonal wine maker in both American and French vineyards, and has gained valuable experience from participating in international wine shows. He has also been involved in the marketing of South African wines in China. “You don’t get a chance like this every day – to create wines from such a special region like the Riebeek Vallei, and on top of that to become part of the Allesverloren family with its rich history and traditional values. To be able to make remarkable wines from this exceptional valley with its unique terroir is a one-in-a-million opportunity and embracing the challenges that it presents.”
In 2010 Danie made history as the first South African cellar master to receive the prestigious Golden Glass award at Sweden’s long-running annual International Producer of the Year competition (judged by a panel of the country’s top wine writers). In the same year, the Allesverloren Touriga Naçional scooped Gold at the Veritas Awards.