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Margeaux Goosen

Margeaux Goosen

Assistant Winemaker
Cape Town, City of Cape Town

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About Margeaux Goosen:

I am a winemaker situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Western Cape, South Africa. After completing an Honors in Wine Biotechnology, I was introduced to the fine hand-crafted wines from the H&A valley. Working with a small team, I have been exposed to multiple facets of the wine industry including winemaking, vinegrowing, marketing, sales, exports, labelling, and general cellar management. I am seeking a new challenge to further push my creative and innovative boundaries. I see myself as a person that gets the job done through my immense passion for wine and the development of the industry. In order to so, I have vowed to invest in myself by accepting challenges everyday with an inquisitive mindset, attention to detail and embracing them with a smile.

Experience

Responsibilities and skills

Harvest:

  • Sampling of grapes
  • Managing vineyard pickers and cellar staff
  • Mentoring and managing interns
  • Estimation of yields
  • Preparation of cellar for harvest
    • Cleaning and sterilisng equipment
    • Proceedings of processing grapes
    • Management of crushing and pressing
  • Fermentation control
  • Capturing sugars and temperatures 
  • Punch downs
  • Analyse chemical reports and carry out additions where needed
  • Barrel work: washing, stacking, stock take management, filling, topping

 

Vinification:

  • Management of full barrels throughout the year
  • Decisions of blending
  • Fining and filtering
  • Oversee bottling

 

Labelling and Packaging:

  • Printing and design of labels
  • Management and orders of bottles and corks
  • Management of staff 

 

Exports and Local Deliveries:

  • Organisation of deliveries to private clients, restaurants, wine shops and online shops

 

Certifications and Stock:

  • Certification applications for harvest, barrels and bottled wine
  • Management and capturing of stock
  • Monthly stock count
  • Oversee orders, invoicing and packing slips

 

Tastings and Trade:

  • Present tastings for private clients, trade and media
  • Organise, host and present informative talks about the region and its wines

Education

Stellenbosch University (2016-2019)

Qualification: 

Completed BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 

Completed BSc Honors Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 

Title of Thesis: ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF YEAST ON MLF IN CHARDONNAY

 

WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level 2 (2017)

Passed with distinction (94%)

 

WSET Level 3 (2019)

Passed with distinction (83%)

 

University of Cape Town (2022)

Wine Business Studies Short Course

Passed with distinction & Top of class

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