Winemaker at Wildeberg

Inspired by…

Honest, down to earth people that make a success of their lives

Favourite dish…

A good old traditional South African braai with braaibroodjies

Famous last words…

We regret more the things in life we didn’t do than the things we did

Wine world excitement...

Diversity, ever changing, the people

JD is short for…

Jan du Plessis, a family name… but JD is much easier to say!


JD was destined to be a winemaker even before he was born. Whilst pregnant, his mother helped with pressings and punch downs in their family winery, enriching JDs formative senses with winery life. His earliest memories are of the “floral aromas in the winery while the fermentations were happening”. JD always wanted to be a winemaker and it all came so naturally whilst helping his father in their Paarl winery and studying winemaking at Stellenbosch University.


JD’s focus is to develop the Wildeberg farm, winery and barrel store.


“It’s every winemaker’s dream of starting from scratch, planting vines and building your own barrel store and winery… I’m truly privileged”.


For me, wine is made in the vineyards and I’m just there to guide it into the bottle with limited intervention, keeping it pure and not fake. Wildeberg is amazing. It’s an inspiring place and the love for nature and the wildness definitely comes through in the wines.”