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meet the team

Our team is a little like the 'new South Africa'; a cultural and racial rainbow. A blend of ideas, values and purposes. A recipe for innovation and success. And we wouldn’t have it any other way…

the best of both worlds

Across everything we do at Radford Dale, we aim to create wines of complete individuality, always. Combining a keen pursuit of innovation and a healthy respect for tradition - the best of both worlds - we produce refined and often elegant wines. Our ethos reflects a profound leaning towards the respect of nature and the fulfilment and pride of our amazing team.

Founded in 1998 by pioneers Ben Radford and Alex Dale, we continue to follow sustainable agricultural methods and light-handed, minimal additive winemaking at our two cellars; on the ocean-facing granite slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch and in our certified Organic Estate up in the Mountains in cool-climate Elgin.

the catalyst

The day Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa (27th April '94), was the day Alex handed in his resignation in Burgundy in order to move to the new 'Rainbow Nation' of SA.

the initiators

Radford Dale was founded in 1998 when great friends Ben Radford and Alex Dale decided to not just drink, but also make wines together.

early champions

Our journey has always been one of experimentation and discovery, in the idealistic pursuit of purity and provenance; the holy grails of fine wine the world-over. Not afraid of shunning  'the norm' we were early champions for the potential of Chenin Blanc, Elgin Pinot Noir, Swartland reds, and maritime influenced Stellenbosch Chardonnay. We are proud to be the first producer in 20 years to plant Gamay Noir, and our Pinotage expressions are increasingly well received by the international sommelier set. 

The Cape’s remarkable geology has guided us, travellers of the generation to discover the individual identities and terroirs of this great viticultural region and the varieties best suited to them. Our vines constantly breathed over by the cool winds of our two epic oceans, Atlantic & Indian. Our wines are proudly site-driven, natural and balanced -because we believe that South African wines should reflect their natural environment, vintage and distinct terroirs. Made using natural yeast fermentations, low or no adjustments, minimal usage of new oak. All of our own vineyards are organically-certified.

Our wines tend to have restrained alcohols and healthy natural acidities, both hallmarks of elegant and refreshing wines, with balance the ultimate purpose. We produce our wines to be enjoyed as they have been throughout history; socially, gastronomically and festively.  They, and we are down to earth.

managing partners

alex dale

Creator and locomotive

Heather Whitman

Operations, quality control, production and all-round arse-kicker

Kathleen Krone

Chartered Accountant and financial mastermind.

Jacques de Klerk

Viticultural and winemaking supremo

partners

Andy Openshaw

Serial entrepreneur and roving ambassador

Edouard Labeye

Rhone Valley-based winemaker, traditionalist and innovator

ROBERT HILL-SMITH

Mentor, oracle and font of wisdom

cliff roberson

Godfather and moral compass

The Grand Crew

In no particular order...

Vanessa Nicholls

Number-cruncher and money bags maestro

VERONICA ADONIS

Inventory Queen and dispatcher of goods

VERNON JULIUS

Gourmand, energetic cellar hand and break-dance specialist 

TERENCE SCHOLTZ

Soul of the Cellar and unstoppable workhorse

ADELAH ENGELBRECHT

Labelling whizz and source of the infectious smile 

Tom Prior

A proper gentleman, sales supremo and master of Instagram

Gerhard Joubert

Esteemed Elgin estate manager. And awesome beard grower

PHAKAMA ZINDLANI

Conductor of logistics and global dominance

Jayde Jeftha

Chilvalrous knight of the warehouse.

Ricardo Adonis

Cunning linguist and forklift whizz

jeanne joubert

All round trouble shooter, and hospitality hotshot

yulenda wenn

Forever friend turned warehouse Dynamo

Petroné kilian

Assistant winemaker and alternative energy source.

Olwethu gcweka

Logistics apprentice, mover and shaker

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