From the outset, wine-making at Mont du Toit has been under the inspirational guidance of the renowned German vintner, Bernd Philippi of Kallstadt in the Palatinate, Germany.
He was chosen as 1998 wine-maker of the year by Feinschmecker Weingourmet, and in 2005 won the award for making the best wine in Germany.
His vast international experience, stretching from British Columbia, over the Portuguese Douro region, Majorca and as far as China has gone into Mont du Toit's vineyard plantings, vineyard treatment, harvesting methods, cellar lay-out, cellar practices and wine handling. His trained and sensitive palate has been responsible for the soft, well-structured, balanced and elegant blends which are the hallmarks of Mont du Toit.
His skills have been carried over the South African team at Mont du Toit.
Tribute to Bernhard Breuer
Until his untimely death in 2004, Mont du Toit also enjoyed the counsel of Philippi's long-time associate, Bernhard Breuer, a legend amongst German vintners.