THE PEOPLE OF SAXENBURG

Success extends beyond a single name.

When Adrian and Birgit Bührer took ownership of Saxenburg in 1989, the farm — and South Africa as a nation — was in dire need of rejuvenation. Thanks to their grit and unflappable perseverance, they tenaciously stuck to their vision.

They traded their familiar surroundings of Switzerland for a dilapidated homestead in the Cape Winelands. While they brought a sweeping change to the estate, the success of the farm is thanks to the entire team.

Meet the people who have engraved their names into the success story of our estate.

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The people of Saxenburg

VINCENT BÜHRER

Management & International Wine Sales

Like Fiona, his younger sister, Vincent has been at the reigns of the company since 2011.
He is the second oldest son of the Bührer family and has gained degrees in Business Management, Marketing, Law and languages at the European Business School in London.

FIONA BÜHRER

Management & International Wine Sales

The oldest daughter of the Bührer family, Fiona has been at the reigns of the company since 2011.

She is responsible for management and innovation on the farm while her role as European brand ambassador also makes her responsible for international sales.

VINEYARD

Wine Makers and Cellar Master

Edwin Grace

Cellar Master

Edwin Grace has been working at Saxenburg since 2005.

Edwin is a self-confessed quality fanatic, he lists his “ardent exactitude” as one of his greatest assets. He works methodically and meticulously to ensure that the results are continuously of world-leading standards

EMIL KLUGE

Assistant Wine Maker

Emil realised at a young age that he’s future was in the vineyards and the cellar and so after he completed school he applied to Elsenburg to study viticulture. “I am extremely honoured to start my career at Saxenburg, especially knowing that we share the same sentiment of quality over quantity.” Emil will work as assistant wine maker under the guidance of Edwin Grace. 

DONOVAN DIEDERICKS

Viticulturist

Saxenburg’s Viticulture manager, Donovan Diedericks, co-manages the vineyards alongside our Cellar Master. His hands-on approach throughout the entire vinicultural process ensures that Saxenburg can create grapes of the highest quality which allows us to create our exceptional wines.

OFFICE

Finance, Administration & Sales

Kerry Sutherland

National Sales Manager

Kerry Sutherland’s wine journey started when she was just a first year at Wits University.

Since then she has done many Cape Wine Academy courses and has added the qualification of Cape Sommelier to her CV. (more…)

Melvin Engelbrecht

Tasting Room Manager

At a young age I knew I wanted to deal with people and having grown up on a wine farm, where during school holidays I would work in the tasting room where my parents worked, it has become a natural progression for me to make this my life! I started with a great foundation at Waterford Estate and then moved to work at De Morgenzon. (more…)

Mandy Clayton

Head of Administration

Mandy Clayton joined the team as Office Manager. She completed her Business Computing and Secretarial Diploma in 2001 and obtained a distinction for her Basic Bookkeeping course in 2003 and a First Class Pass for Financial Accounting. Mandy has 11 years’ experience in the Bookkeeping field.

Sikhulekile Vundla

Gauteng Sales Representative

Sikhulekile Vundla is the latest member of the Saxenburg sales team.

Skhu is certified with HND in Accounting and has completed numerous CMA wine modules. She is passionate about hospitality and began her wine journey at the Magaliesburg Hotel as a wine consultant.

Michelle Bock

Western Cape Sales Representative

Michelle has an intense interest in viniculture and a love for working with people. She wanted to pursue her true passion and joined the Saxenburg Sales team in March 2018, adding her more than 8 years of sales experience. She is currently also working her way through the WSET courses. “I can taste the Saxenburg tradition and passion through its wines and am very excited about my journey here.”