Cape Coastal Vineyards has appointed a head of production/winemaster. The South African company announced today (10 January) that Koos Jordaan will join it next month.

Jordaan will be charged with determining the requirements of each market and marrying that with the wines produced by the five cellars who supply the yet to be launched Matuba portfolio of wines.

Jordaan has a depth of experience, which runs through all facets of the industry, from winemaking to marketing, production and distribution, with estates and major cellars such as the former Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery.

"Securing the services of Koos Jordaan is a major step forward for us. We had close to 40 applicants for the post, including other highly-rated and very experienced winemakers, who also had vast managerial skills," said Johann Pieterse, chairman of Cape Coastal Vintners.

"His experience and know-how in so many fields will help us as we evolve and develop on all fronts. I'm just glad the distraction of the holiday season is over and that we can now drive ahead with getting the rest of the building blocks in place so that we can launch these wines when the time is right later in the year," said Pieterse.