Cellarmaster

JD Pretorius

JD Pretorius has been part of the Warwick team since 2019. After eleven years with Steenberg in Constantia, he is delighted with his new position as a winemaker in Stellenbosch and in particular with the opportunity to discover the various slopes and locations at Simonsberg. The wines from JD Pretorius are fresh and well-balanced, the maturation in oak or the use of other cellar techniques should only play a supporting role so that the character of the grapes can unfold. One of JD Pretorius’ favourite grape varieties is Cabernet Franc, which is also of great importance to Warwick, and JD is pleased to be able to work with the grape variety on a larger scale.

CEO

Christiane von Arnim

Christiane grew up in the Rhine River Valley amid the wine regions of Pfalz in Germany and Alsace in the neighbouring France. She developed a natural attraction to the world of wine from an early age, and perhaps there was a little bit of destiny involved that led her into eventually pursuing a successful career in wine. Having studied Business Science at the University of Cape Town, followed by an MBA at the University of Stellenbosch, Christiane worked for a number of South Africa’s leading wine producers and eventually joined Warwick as CEO in October 2018, determined to build on the legacy of Norma Ratcliffe as one of the leading women in the South African wine industry.

Global Sales & Marketing Manager

Tom Orpen

Having grown up on a small wine farm in Stellenbosch, wine is something that has been coursing through Tom’s veins from an early age. He cut his teeth in the wine industry while working in the UK for four years with Majestic Wines, attaining his WSET Advanced Level 3 certificate as well as a wealth of global wine knowledge. Once he’d had enough of the UK weather he moved back to South Africa and has headed up the sales for both Jordan Winery and Vergelegen Wine Estate over the past eight years. Now in charge of the sales and marketing he is excited to be a part of the next chapter at Warwick, and thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic new team. Exciting times ahead!

National Brand Manager

Spencer Fondaumiere

Spencer joined Warwick in July 2018. He has a long background in hospitality on both sides of the pass he is an Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) certified sommelier, one of less than 500 people to have successfully passed the demanding diploma exam, as well as a qualified chef. In addition to that he is a certified wine judge with vast experience serving on several panels judging competitions. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the South African Sommeliers Association. He has completed WSET level 3.