Our Winemakers

Bernd Philippi

Bernd Philippi

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.

Philip Costandius

PHILIP COSTANDIUS

Veteran winemaker Philip Costandius has joined the ranks of the Mont Du Toit team and will be supervising the winemaking from the 2020 vintage onwards. Philip brings with him a wealth of experience especially with regards to the Bordeaux varieties for which Mont Du Toit has become famous. With the necessary passion and dedication, Philip’s aim is to convert the excellent grapes of Mont Du Toit into benchmark wines appropriate to the terroir.