Meet The Team

Introducing our team, each bound by a passion and commitment for our beautiful wines
Bouchard Finlayson’s Mission and Vision Statement

Peter Finlayson

Peter Finlayson

Peter Finlayson

  • Founder and Cellar Master

Peter has been the founder and winemaker since the inception of Bouchard Finlayson in 1989. His dedication to making the finest wines are illustrated across the wine range, with emphasis on his Pinot noir’s and the exceptional Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot noir.

Chris Albrecht

Chris Albrecht

Chris Albrecht

  • Winemaker

Chris takes the reigns at the helm of the Bouchard Finlayson winemaking team as the Winemaker. Chris graduated from Stellenbosch University with his degree in Oenology and Viticulture. His practical experience has taken him worldwide, where he has assisted in cellars in California, France, South Africa and New Zealand. He has worked for a local winery in Franschhoek for 5 years and received a 5 star Platter award ’11 for his MCC.

Nelis Uys

Niels Uys  - Assistant Winemaker

Nelis Uys

  • Assistant Winemaker

Nelis has joined our winemaking team. He is a graduate from Elsenburg in Stellenbosch, South Africa with many practical harvest experiences both in South Africa and abroad, namely: Dry Creek Vineyards and Stonestreet winery in Sanoma County and Muratie, Tokara and Kanonkop in South Africa.

Lizette Kühn

Lizette Kuhn

Lizette Kühn

  • Sales & Marketing Manager

Lizette heads up the Marketing and Sales team and run the smooth operation of the logistic from the winery to our various export markets. Lizette has been in the wine industry for over ten years, both nationally and internationally, including involvement with “Wines of the World". Her team provides the friendly hospitality that is so associated with a visit to the winery and her sales calls ensure the close relationship with our national customers.

Karen Davison

Karen Davison

Karen Davison

  • PR & Marketing Manager

Oversees PR and Marketing, providing for national and international communications and working closely with the appointed PR Company, Five Star Communication, to maximize Bouchard Finlayson's global reach. She is responsible for our social media, and is closely involved in all marketing areas.

Amoré van Zyl

Amore van Zyl

Amoré van Zyl

  • Admin & Accounts Assistant

Administration and Accounts Assistant who provides valuable support in finance and office organisation

Lambert Gardener

Lambert Gardener

Lambert Gardener

  • Maintenance Manager

Coordinates all maintenance-related jobs with a core team of tradesmen, as well as overseeing recycling.

Judy Bakker

Francois

Judy Bakker

  • General and Financial Manager

Judy oversees the day to day management of Bouchard Finlayson. Her meticulous planning, reporting and attention to detail combine with her forward-thinking approach to improve the success and smooth functioning of a working farm with premium products distributed into diverse channels internationally.

Mortimer Lee

Mortimer Lee

Mortimer Lee

  • Farm and Vineyard Manager

Together with a team of twenty workers and under the guidance of Peter Finlayson, Mortimer ensures that the vineyards and the property are perfectly maintained throughout the year; and that the grapes are at their prime when it comes to harvest time.

Lia Poveda

Lia Poveda

Lia Poveda

  • Global Ambassador

joined the Bouchard Finlayson team as Global Ambassador. In this newly created, London-based role Lia will be at the hub of Bouchard Finlayson’s European operations. She will ensure that the wines are well placed and presented by Bouchard Finlayson’s agents in the UK, Europe and internationally; will represent Bouchard Finlayson at wine fairs in Europe; and will be closely involved in restaurant/hotel staff training. In addition her role involves the further international expansion of Bouchard Finlayson in relevant target markets.

Danél Theron

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Danél Theron

  • Sales & Marketing Assistant

Seamlessly coordinating small group tastings, pre-booked wine tours, and large lunches to music or poetry evenings. With an extensive wine knowledge, Danél informs the trade of Bouchard Finlayson’s latest releases and makes sure that visitors to the farm leave enchanted with the wines.

Silke Austin

Silke Austin

Silke Austin

  • Accounts Assistant

Bouchard Finlayson’s Accounts Assistant, and an integral part of the financial operations on the estate.

Magnolia Abrahams

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Magnolia Abrahams

  • Stock Controller

Bouchard Finlayson’s Stock Controller attends to the receipt and dispatch of stock, manages our stock statuses at various warehouses and makes sure that all stock figures are accurate and correct.

Louis Mjekula

Louis Mjekula

Louis Mjekula

  • Homestead Caretaker and Housekeeper

He is the person that makes sure that the grounds, offices and Homestead of Bouchard Finlayson are immaculate at all times.

The rest of the pickers, sorters, planters, pruners, fence makers, cleaners, cooks et al. 

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OWNERS - The Tollman Family
DIRECTORS
- Victoria Tollman, Brett Tollman, Michael Tollman