Meet The Team
VITICULTURIST/MARKETING & TECHNICAL MANAGER
Dawie is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch with a B SC degree in Viticulture and Oenology.
He gained valuable experience in the wine industry over the years whilst working
as a wine buyer but mostly as group viticulturist at the then Distillers Corporation in Stellenbosch.
Since 1996 he has worked independent as a vinicultural consultant,
working as far as France,whilst establishing and growing Cape Vines together with our vine growing partners to be
the leading grapevine nursery in South Africa.
Neil is one of the founding members of Cape Vines. He underwent his school training at the Afrikaanse
in Pretoria and then obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering at
the University of Stellenbosch.
He then went to work at Iskor and later Krygkor in Pretoria.
During this period he obtained an MBA from the
University of Pretoria.During 1996 he decided to farm on the
old family farm Oakdene near Wellington.
He had the unique opportunity to learn nursery skills from
his uncle Pierre Malan, who has been successfully
producing quality vines since the early 1960s.Neil is a serving member of the
Bovlei Wine Cellar
He also serves on the Board of the Wine Grape Improvement Association. He is married to Alida and rides
the Argus bike race annually for leisure. However, Alida believes he attends the meetings for leisure!
HELIUS LE ROUX
Helius Le Roux has been a vine growerfor Cape Vines for some time.He previously worked
at KWV doing Plant Improvement. Fourteen years ago he started farming
on his farm Rooiheuwel allocated just outside Wellington.
Helius grew up in the Bovlei on the farm Groenendal, which has been
owned by the Le Roux Family for generations.
He was fortunate enough to learn the finer arts of the industry from his father,
who was a vine grower himself. Helius supplies his wine grapes to Wellington Wynkelder and
serves on the board. He is married to Anina, which originated from Swellendam.
They have two sons and a daughter.
He used to be a keen sportsman and had the opportunity to play almost fifty rugby
matches for Boland. Nowadays he enjoys playing golf and fishing.
Willie Laubscher was born in Grahamstownon 16 February 1960.
He completed his Primary and High School education in Bellville.
After completing his army training,he went to study at Stellenbosch
University and obtained his B.Eng (Civil) Degreein 1983.
After his professional registration
he started farming with his father-in-law in Wellington on the farm Wamakersvallei.
In 1992 he took over the farm.
In 1996, he and Neil formed Cape Vines in partnership with
Dawie le Roux. He also serves the farming community in Wellington as a director of
Wamakers Valley Wine Cellar.