New MD for Klein Constantia

New MD for Klein Constantia

South African wine producer Klein Constantia has confirmed a change of managing director.

The company, based in the country's western cape wine region, announced yesterday (29 November) that Hans Astrom has been appointed to the role, replacing Lowell Jooste in the New Year. Jooste will maintain his place on Klein Constantia's board, albeit as a non-executive member.

Astom will join Klein Constantia from Hess Family Estates, where he is general manager. He has also spent time with Peter Lehmann Wines, where he was VP.

The Jooste family sold Klein Constantia to Zdenek Bakala and Charles Harman in May, with Lowell Jooste staying on as MD on an interim basis, “to ensure a smooth succession following the change in ownership”.

“(Astrom) will drive the development of Klein Constantia under the new ownership with the ambition to solidify its position as the iconic South African wine estate,” said Zdenek Bakala. “We are very grateful to Lowell Jooste, who has been a great guardian of Klein Constantia's heritage and are happy that he will continue his involvement with the winery.”

Following the move, the company's board will consist of Bakala, Harman, Astrom, Lowell Jooste, Roly Hofmeyr and René Roger.