Director, Winemaking, Sales & Marketing
Catherine graduated from Elsenburg in 1991. Apprenticeships at various local cellars interspersed with international experiences in France (Burgundy and St-Emilion- Bordeaux), USA ( California and Oregon) and Australia.
Resident winemaking positions followed at four wineries in Stellenbosch and Paarl before embarking on a solo career in 2007 establishing and running the wine business. At this time, she was instrumental in formalising the Garagiste Movement which has gone on to become very successful in South Africa. Although she no longer actively participates, she has been inducted as an honorary member.
As Cellar master at various wineries, she has garnered many local and international awards, including 5 star Platter Wine Guide and Tim Atkin (MW) accolades for her Pinot Noir. The total commitment to detail and the hands-on approach in vineyards and wine production are evident in the unique character of Cathy’s range.
In addition to a full wine schedule, Cathy enjoys mountain hiking ( Base camp Everest in Tibet and the Annapurna in Nepal being some of her highlights), mountain biking, gardening with herbs and fynbos, exotic travel, tennis and entertaining friends and family.
Greg, who co-owns an engineering company, never imagined a foot stomp party in his garage in 1996 would ever become more than a few old photos on Facebook! In 2004, Greg decided to “engineer” a small batch of Zinfandel from the Swartland, all made by hand. Greg is a keen runner and cyclist when not in the cellar.
ALPHAN NJERU MUNENE
Alphan ‘discovered’ our wines on one of his many wine tasting visits to the Cape Winelands. He liked them so much he decided to become an investor! Alphan was the leader of the Advisory/Consulting business for PwC in Kenya in 2013-2016. Nowadays he involves himself in a number of businesses in East Africa in addition to CMWines. His many years of business experience brings an invaluable contribution to the operations of the company.
After the tragic death of his father Peter (a founder member) Catherine’s son, Jono, inherited his shares and joined the team in May 2011. As a small boy, he participated in the annual foot stomp celebrations and after completing his education became involved with Cellar logistics, grape harvest management and IT design. He has now become the assistant winemaker.
Jono is deeply passionate about all things related to the ocean – surfing being his main passion.
Jeff is one of the original Barefoot quartet, a long time wine fanatic and garagiste for 20 years. Now based in Perth, he keeps tabs on the Antipodean wine trends.
When he is not experimenting with the latest vintage in his garage, he can be found wave skiing, golfing and works as a consulting hydro-geologist.
In 2018, Jeff started a wine making correspondence course through Davis University in California and plans to visit wineries around the world to hone his skills.
Office & Logistics Manager
Jakki’s entry into the financial world began in the early 1970’s with a major liquor retail chain. After bypassing the liquor industry and applying her financial skills in various corporate IT companies, she is back home in the wine industry which she particularly enjoys. Her favourite pastimes include reading, traditional cooking and entertaining friends and family.