Gerard De Villiers

Wine engineer and owner of Kleinood wine farm in Paradyskloof just outside Stellenbosch in South Africa
Friday, January 27, 2017

Gerard de Villiers 

Since starting his consulting company in 1983, Gerard de Villiers has worked almost exclusively on the design of wineries and distilling processes.

He specialises in the process design of the winery, which entails the flow of grapes, juice and wine from off-loading through pre-cooling, sorting, fermentation, maturation, blending, bottling, storing and distribution. His work often includes the civil and structural design of the buildings as well as the appurtenant services such as water purification and effluent treatment, as well as bulk service supply to the facility and distribution in the facility, of water, electrical power, standby power, cooling etc. Although he is not actively involved in the field of architecture or planning, he enjoys working closely with these disciplines.

He has been involved in the design of more than 150 wineries in South Africa. Although some of these were additions to existing facilities, most of these projects were new wineries. More often than not, he has been responsible for the process design as well as the civil and structural design of these cellars.

A few of the more noteworthy South African wineries are:

Rupert & Rothschild, DGB, Bergkelder, Nederburg, Delaire, La Motte, Graham Beck, Hermanuspietersfontein, De Toren, Uva Mira, Dornier, Franschhoek Vineyards, Boschendal, Kleinood, Cordoba, Durbanville Hills, Bellingham, Vilafonté, Adam Tas, Plaisir de Merle, Glen Carlou, Stellakaya,  Newton Johnson, L’Ormarins, Ernie Els, La Bri, Hamilton Russell, Mont Destin, Zorgvliet, Tokara, Hidden Valley, Le Joubert and Babylonstoren.