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

The 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

Sikhulekile Vundla

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.

Paula Guassardo

Western Cape Sales Representative

My passions in life are wine, food, dancing and people. Once I had graduated from South African Chefs Academy I started my career as a chef and worked in the industry for a couple of years. I then discovered my passion and love for wine and working with people and have learnt so much along my journey so far. I feel like I am constantly learning and growing at Saxenburg and am proud to represent a farm with such history and tradition and of course fantastic wine!

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…)

NOLA STEENKAMP

Tasting Room

Our Tasting Room Manager love the wine industry and the vineyards.  With a strong passion for culinary excellence, an extensive knowledge of wine and a commitment to service excellence, she brings a fresh approach to the wine tasting experience at Saxenburg. According to Nola, “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”