Anton du Toit, who was appointed as executive director responsible for sales and marketing at Omnia Wines when Vinfruco and Stellenbosch Vineyards merged late last year, has departed the new company.

This follows the departure of former Stellenbosch Vineyards cellarmaster, Chris Kelly, who only joined Hidden Valley Wines from Omnia at the beginning of April.

Du Toit has been appointed as chief executive of wine business at the Christo Weise Portfolio. Cape businessman, Christo Weise and his son Jacob own the two prominent wineries, Lourensford in Somerset West and Lanzarac in Stellenbosch.
Christo Weise also has about 10% stake in KWV Ltd.

Du Toit believes the time is right for South Africa to become a prominent player for super and ultra premium wines in international markets.

"Our credibility as a wine producing country is now recognised and the big challenge is to compete with unique products in the highest price segments against traditional wine producing countries such as France," he said.