Pete has two passions in life: wine and surfing. He has lived and worked in Cape Town all his life. An information technology specialist, he has held executive directorships of listed insurance companies and after retiring in 1999, he continues to consult as a business strategist. However, over the past 20 years he has dedicated his time and resources to establishing Eagles’ Nest as a commercially viable wine farm. When Pete is not overseeing the management of the farming operations, he can be found riding some of the more notorious breaks off the Cape coast in pursuit of the perfect wave. His favourite wine? Eagles’ Nest Viognier every time.
Du Toit has a passion for wine, and has spent his entire professional career in the wine industry. After completing a National Marketing Diploma (Cape Technikon) and Commerce degree (University of Stellenbosch), he spent two years in the wine industry in the United Kingdom. In recent years he has been involved with top premium SA Wine brands, including Cape Exclusive Wines (DGB affiliate), Saxenburg, Rhebokskloof, Lanzerac / Lourensford and Hamilton Russell Vineyards.
Hailing from the Eastern Cape, Duran is a passionate winemaker with valuable experience – including vintages worked at top international producers in Bordeaux and New Zealand. Duran started his career in the valley as the Assistant Wine Maker of Klein Constantia, affording him an intimate knowledge of Constantia and the unique characteristics that make up this special wine growing region. His philosophy of winemaking is “an art combined with both science and nature, and when steered in the right direction it will display origin and excellence”.
Born and raised in Worcester, Kobus is a farmer through and through. At the end of the day, when all the workers have gone home, you can still see him walking through the vineyards and checking on his beloved vines. Having graduated from Elsenberg in 1977, Kobus spent nearly four years working at Plaisir de Merle before Dougie Jooste – having spotted this talented young assistant farm manager – hired him to help establish the vineyards at his new farm, Klein Constantia. He spent 25 years there and his knowledge of Constantia is unparalleled. Since joining Eagles’ Nest in 2008, Kobus has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the grapes that come into the cellar are a true reflection of our very unique terroir.
Born and raised on Eagles’ Nest, Kaylee has a love for Eagles’ Nest that runs deep through her veins. After matriculating from Herschel Girls School Kaylee completed a degree in Psychology and English from Stellenbosch University, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the University of Cape Town. Kaylee joined the Eagles’ Nest team at the end of 2011 to build on her family’s involvement. Since, she has enthusiastically taken up the role of managing the tasting room, local Cape Town trade and fulfilling certain public relation and marketing roles.