The wine industry body Vinpro welcomes Abrie Beeslaar from Kanonkop Wine Estate as the newly elected board member for the Stellenbosch region.

Abrie was nominated by the Vinpro members in the region as their representative following the resignation of Carl van der Merwe of DeMorgenzon. Abrie will fill this vacancy until the Vinpro annual general meeting in November this year, during which he will be eligible for re-election.

As a Worcester native and BSc Agriculture graduate from Stellenbosch University, Abrie has been associated with Kanonkop Wine Estate near Stellenbosch since 2002. As chief winemaker at Kanonkop, he and the wines he has overseen have won several local and international awards over the years, including being named the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s International Winemaker of the Year in 2008, 2015 and 2017.

“Abrie’s election is an asset to the Vinpro board, and we look forward to adding his fresh outlook and business insights to the team,” says Vinpro chairperson Anton Smuts. – Press release, Vinpro