Arbelos a mathematical term, referring to the space created when you place two semicircles, one smaller than the other, within a larger semicircle. They all have the same baseline. The space created between the two smaller semicircles and the larger semicircle is called an arbelos. Some very interesting and sometimes surprising mathematical results happen in the arbelos.
For us, it said everything that we wanted to say about our company. The two cellars, Botha and Slanghoek, formed an arbelos, creating new vision and interesting results. The common platform we work from provides stability and purpose. The fact that Botha and Slanghoek are complete as independent units, but create something special when working together.
Slanghoek Cellar lies in the picturesque Slanghoek Valley, 880m above sea level, surrounded by the majestic Slanghoek Mountains from which the cellar derives its name. The cellar is a mere 4km from the Goudini Spa Holiday Resort, 20km from Worcester and 90km from Cape Town.
The valley’s geographic position, fertile, varied soils and micro-climate are reflected in the unique character of Slanghoek’s internationally-renowned and prize-winning red, white, sparkling, dessert wines and port.
The cellar is situated off the N1 on the R43 to Ceres.
Established in 1949, Botha Winery is the largest wine producer in the Breedekloof area. Annual production is approximately 38 200 tons, which equals 29 millions litres of wine.
Wines include the Dassie’s Range, which consists of Dassie’s Rood, Dassie’s Blanc, Dassie’s Rosé.
The standard Botha range consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Merlot Reserve,Shiraz, Hanepoot Jerepigo, Red Jerepigo, LBV Port, Chardonnay Brut Sparkling, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and Light White.
Board of directors…
Gerrit is a non executive director of Arbelos.
He completed his BSc Agric (Onology & Viticulture) at Stellenbosch.
Gerrit has 26 years industry experience having held management and winemaker positions at Badsberg Winery, Bonnievale Winery and Daschbosch Winery before joining Botha Kelder, where he is the CEO.
Pieter is an executive director of Arbelos.
He studied at Elsenburg Agricultural College and has a Diploma in Cellar Technology. Pieter is currently the CEO and Cellar Master at Slanghoek Winery.
With almost 30 years experience in the wine industry, he has been winemaker, cellar master and manager at several well-known wineries. He has worked internationally and travels regularly to Europe and Russia on business.
Petrus is a non executive director of Arbelos. He studied at Stellenbosch University and has a B.Eng degree. Petrus has 24 years experience in the wine industry and has held portfolios such as Director Wine Cellars SA, Director at BBK ( Breederivier Bottling Co-op) and Chairman of Botha Kelder.
PBB is a non-executive director of Arbelos.
He currently serves on the board of directors of both Botha Cellar and Slanghoek Cellar. PBB completed a B.Sc Agric at Stellenbosch University before serving as chairman of Breerivier Bottelerings Koöperasie, chairman of Vinpro and director of KWV.
He has over 40 years’ experience in the wine industry.
Non-executive director of Arbelos, Sakkie is a director and vice-chairman on Slanghoek Winery. He completed his B Agric degree at Stellenbosch University and his career has included portfolios as a director of a wine farming company and director of Breedekloof Wine and Tourism.
He has 30 years experience in the wine industry.
Theuns is a non-executive director of the Arbelos Board, serving also as a producer.
He studied Viticulture and Enology at the University of Stellenbosch and has been part of the wine industry for more than 23 years. Theuns is also a director at Slanghoek Cellar – one of Arbelos’ shareholders.
Manager and Viticulturist
Callie is the manager / viticulturist of Arbelos. He studied at Stellenbosch University, graduating with a B Sc Agric (Viticulture and Enology) and completed the Programme in Wine Management at University of Stellenbosch Business School. He is an exco member of the Chenin Blanc Society and visits different regions internationally, always looking for new ideas and trends.
Callie’s career started at Tulbagh Winery in December 2002 before moving to Perdeberg Winery in December 2006. He joined Arbelos Wines in November 2010.