Eikendal appoints Maryke Botha as new winemaker
By Christian Eedes, 6 August 2020
Eikendal in Stellenbosch has appointed Maryke Botha as its winemaker. Until recently, she served as assistant to Nico Grobler, who departs after an 11-year tenure to develop his own wine project, Le Brune.
Botha began her career as a winemaking intern at Eikendal in 2016. She grew up on the East Rand and initially qualified as an optometrist with a specialisation in sports vision. She subsequently switched career direction and holds winemaking degree – Cum Laude – from the University of Stellenbosch. She has worked in Burgundy and Russian River Valley, California.