Cape Town - Nedbank has invested more than R1.3m over the
past six years to transform the wine industry and has almost trebled its annual
contribution for 2012 to enable more aspirant winemakers to join the Cape
Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme.
Nedbank's R684 000 investment to the Cape Winemakers Guild
Development Trust this year will boost the Guild’s Protégé Programme which
currently supports six young qualified winemakers completing their 3-year
internships under the mentorship of some of the country’s finest winemakers.
“To create a flourishing wine industry, we need a corporate
investment to make things happen. And through the support of the Nedbank
Foundation we are able to implement our Protégé Programme by giving these
winemakers the ability to one day plough back their knowledge and expertise and
thereby help to create a sustainable wine industry,” said Louis Strydom,
Chairperson of the Cape Winemakers Guild.
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme, a first for the
wine industry, was launched in 2006 with the goal of bringing about
transformation by cultivating, nurturing and empowering promising individuals
to become winemakers of excellence.
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