Johan Linde (Production Manager)
Having almost grown up in a winery, Johan acquired his B.Sc Agric degree in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University in 1994. He started his winemaking career at Porterville Winery as Assistant Winemaker and Viticulturist. In November 1996, he joined Botha Kelder and since 2006 filled the position of Production Manager. Johan currently oversees the production and winemaking processes, as well as being involved in the marketing of the bulk wine business. Johan enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking, camping, fishing and hunting. He is married to Martie and they have two children.
Michiel Visser (Senior Winemaker)
Michiel Visser started at Du Toitskloof Winery in 1994 and joined Botha Kelder in November 1999. Michiel’s winemaking skills have garnered gold medals in the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Competition for our Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010. Michiel has gained vast International experience over the years. Michiel grew up on a farm near Velddrif and married his wife Hesna in 2001. They have three children. When Michiel is not busy in our cellar, he spends his downtime socializing with his family and friends.
Annamarie van Niekerk (Winemaker)
Annamarie matriculated in 2005 at Monument Park High, whereafter she initially intended to follow a career in chemistry. After a short introduction to harvest at Bergkelder Distell, she was hooked on the fine art of winemaking and the chemistry of the winemaking process. Annamarie acquired her B.Sc Agric degree in viticulture and oenology from Stellenbosch University in 2008. She started her winemaking career at Bergkelder Distell as a Harvest Assistant in 2008. In December 2008 she became the first female Assistant Winemaker at Botha Kelder. Since 2010, she holds the position of Winemaker. Her International experience includes visits to the winemaking regions of France and Germany. She is married to Charl and has two children. Annamarie enjoys the art of beautiful things and when she is not juggling winemaking and being a mother, she likes to take on DIY projects.
Stephan Joubert (Assistant Winemaker)
Stephan was raised in Rawsonville and matriculated in 2010 from HTS Drostdy. He wanted to gain some experience in the wine industry and joined Goudini Cellar as a Harvest Assistant in 2011. During the course of 2011 he was appointed as Assistant Winemaker at Overhex. With a desire to learn more, he later joined Breerivier Botteleringskooperasie beperk (BBK) as a Technical Officer. In Nov 2016, he was appointed as Assistant Winemaker at Botha Kelder. Stephan has a passion for the outdoors and in his spare time enjoys fishing, camping and playing rugby.