Rupert wines appoints new MD
Business Day - Oct 28th 2011, 09:01
Wine estates were managed by Anthonij Rupert who died in 2001, now Baumgarten and Sutherland from Graham Beck Wines bring their expertise
South African billionaire Johann Rupert is handing over the reins of the wine estate named after his brother, Anthonij Rupert Wines, to Gary Baumgarten, who has been appointed to the newly created position of MD.
The estate said yesterday that growing operations had required the appointment of Mr Baumgarten, former GM of Graham Beck Wines. John Sutherland, who is also a former Graham Beck Wines manager, has been appointed financial director. Both take their positions next month.
"The expanding operations of Anthonij Rupert Wines have reached a stage where an MD is required to run the operation on behalf of the proprietor ," an estate statement yesterday.
Franschhoek-based Anthonij Rupert Wines, which has L’Ormarins and farming operations at Riebeeksrivier, Rooderust and Elandskloof, earlier this year acquired the operations of Graham Beck’s Franschhoek estate, which borders on L’Ormarins.
Johann’s father Anton Rupert, bought several wine estates, including L’Ormarins, which was initially managed by Johann’s younger brother Anthonij, who died in 2001.
Wine expert Michael Fridjhon credits him with turning L’Ormarins into one of the better-known wine properties of the 1990s. Johann has spent the past few years developing and improving the estate, which includes a state-of-the-art red wine cellar.
Mr Rupert said yesterday he was pleased to have the combined experience of Mr Baumgarten and Mr Sutherland.
"Upon hearing of Gary and John’s departure from Graham Beck Wines, we immediately started discussions. We are fortunate to have gained their experience and expertise."
Mr Baumgarten has 32 years’ experience in SA’s wine industry, 16 of these at Graham Beck Wines, while Mr Sutherland has worked for the past six years at Graham Beck as financial manager.
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