Meet Our Winemaker
Fort Simon has crowned a new King for our majestic Castle-styled wine cellar, in the form of a new Cellar Master – Dirk Tredoux. Dirk Tredoux has an extensive history of winemaking and has worked at esteemed wine estates during the course of his career such as Asara, Jordon, Vrede en Lust, Armani, D’Aria and Morgenhof.
During his experience working at the above-mentioned wine estates, Dirk was involved in producing numerous award-winning wines. His attention to detail will ensure that the Fort Simon wines retain their consistency and reach new heights.
Dirk’s interest in winemaking started as a child growing up in the winelands. His passion for wine evolved while he was living abroad in Europe and California.
After moving back to South Africa he completed his studies in winemaking at Elsenburg.
He believes that the quality of each wine stems from the quality of the grapes and, therefore, works closely in a team with viniculture, to start shaping the desired wine in the vineyards. Dirk believes in attention to detail, in bringing out the best characteristics of the current vintage and improving on previous years.
“I experiment with a lot of ideas which is reflected in many of my cellar practices. Other than wine, I am passionate about my family – my wife Maryke Tredoux and my two sons – Jean and Philip.”
Our previous Cellar Master has set a high benchmark for the quality which we are renowned for. Dirk will continue with this legacy due to the superb terroir that we are blessed with. We look forward to sharing Dirk’s successes at Fort Simon with you.