Mark van Buuren has recently been appointed winemaker of the Terra del Capo Cellar at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and regarded as one of South Africa’s prominent wine producers. Mark joins head winemaker, Dawie Botha and his team as they strive to produce wines of superb quality.
Mark will be overseeing the production of the Terra del Capo range and the white varietals in the Cape of Good Hope range. The Terra Del Capo wines are best described as a delightful, refined range of food-friendly wines, originally developed by the late Anthonij Rupert. He not only believed that South African soils were well suited to growing Italian grape varietals, but also had a love for Italy and the natural synergy between good food and wine. The Cape of Good Hope range is carving its way into the history books of South Africa with its old vineyard and site specific wines.
Mark is no stranger to the industry. He started his career as assistant winemaker at Hartenberg Estate under the mentorship of celebrated winemaker, Carl Schultz. His passion and drive saw him carve out a successful career for himself while working as winemaker at Guardian Peak Wines, Capaia Wines and David Frost Wines. Mark’s love for wine and the art of mastering the craft took him to Western Australia where he worked as a cellar assistant at Cassegrain Wines. More recently he gained experience at Laffort Australia as a state manager before he decided to come back to South Africa.
Since Mark has a vast understanding of winemaking and is blessed with a down-to-earth approach, he is destined to take the range to even greater heights.