Megan van der Merwe to lead wine production at Beau Constantia.
In the words of Amy Tenney: “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.”
In an industry, for the largest part, still dominated by men, a handful of trailblazing women are making heads turn with their unwavering commitment to producing world class wines. Industry legends Andrea Mullineux, Ntsiki Biyela and Rianie Strydom, to only name a few, have pioneered the way for the next generation of female winemakers to stake their claim in wine, and we are incredibly excited to partner up with Megan van der Merwe, our newly appointed Winemaker and Viticulturist, on her journey.
Since inception, the wines of Beau Constantia made headlines for the immense quality produced by this young property set against the steep slopes of the Vlakkenberg. Under the watchful eye of Justin Van Wyk, the family of wines achieved great acclaim from various wine writers and international wine competitions, raking in numerous 90+ point scores and medals.
Having worked closely with Japie Bronn, the first farm manager at Beau Constantia, Justin developed a sincere love for the 11 hectares of vineyards; understanding the complexities of our unique terroir and how to get the best possible fruit from the vines.
As Justin’s Assistant Winemaker since 2015, Megan has developed the same understanding for our boutique property, playing an integral part in skillfully crafting our wines. When presented with the opportunity, her drive to always improve, grow and push boundaries took over and Megan jumped at the prospect of taking the reigns and dedicating herself fully to the vineyards and wines of Beau Constantia.
Her pursuit as winemaker is to attain the purest expression of terroir, and for that reason she undoubtedly believes that great wines are made in the vineyard. With her Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch University, her extensive international experience and her close relationship with Beau Constantia Farm, Megan is well equipped for this new position.
Even though Megan has spent seasons working in the winelands of Paso Robles, California and Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the South of France, she has always returned to her roots against the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg. “Beau Constantia’s location, as well as the conditions that govern the growth of the vineyards and the ripening of its grapes, are entirely unique”, says Megan.
“I believe that with the right amount of energy invested, something truly spectacular can come from the site, and I cannot wait to grow from strength to strength with these vineyards.”
On the 18thof February this year, harvest 2019 started in full swing with our highest blocks of Sauvignon Blanc on the property surrendering their fruit. At the helm, Megan excitedly welcomed the grapes to the cellar and started her first harvest as the winemaker of Beau Constantia.
As we excitedly welcome Megan as our newest family member at Beau Constantia, we thank Justin for his selfless commitment to our farm and for creating the foundation of quality and excellence. We wish both Justin and Megan the very best for many successful and rewarding vintages to come.