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.

family-portrait

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

Willie Thiart

Financial

Willie is the Financial and Administrative Manager at Saxenburg Wine Estate. He has gained his experience across a number of industries before becoming part of the family. When he’s not balancing books, he’s on the rugby field or takes the road less traveled to explore the open spaces of Southern Africa
in his 4×4.

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…)

LYNETTE PRINSLOO

Book keeping & Admin

Lynette is Saxenburg’s back-of-house administrator and takes care of all orders, logistics and invoicing. She has an exceptional creative leaning which brings a very versatile outlook to the sales and marketing team when planning and coordinating marketing events.

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.”