South African wine group KWV has appointed a senior winemaker.

Bertus Fourie will be in charge of areas including innovation and development, KWV's Laborie estate and the preparation of the company's stable of ultra-premium wines. Fourie joins from the Diemersfontein winery, where he was "renowned" for his "unique style of Pinotage wines", the company said.

Willem Bestbier, managing director of KWV South Africa said he was "extremely excited" about Fourie's appointment. "I believe we are now well-equipped and ready to make an exciting difference," he added.

Fourie will report to KWV's chief winemaker Sterik de Wet.