Winemaker Coenie Snyman

Coenie Snyman

Head Winemaker


Coenie Snyman graduated with a BSc degree in viticulture and oenology in 1994 from Stellenbosch University. He gained valuable international experience in Sonoma, California and Saint Estephe, Bordeaux before joining Distell in 1996 as winemaker for their Bergkelder range of red wines.

In 2006 Coenie stepped into the position as winemaker at Rust en Vrede, making him only the third appointed winemaker since 1977 when the Engelbrecht family acquired the Estate. He has already had enormous success in a very short time, being named Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 2009 for his Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.