Luke O’Cuinneagain, the talented new winemaker at Vergelegen, brings with him years of experience, a passion for wine, and a dedication to creating remarkable vintages. Growing up in the Constantia Valley, Luke’s love for winemaking was born while working at Buitenverwachting and Constantia Uitsig. He later changed his career path, opting to study Oenology at Stellenbosch University instead of pursuing veterinary school.
Luke holds a B.Sc. Agric. (Viticulture and Oenology) Honours degree from Stellenbosch University and has gained extensive experience working at renowned estates such as Rustenburg, Château de Fieuzal, Château Angelus, Caves Robert Dietrich, and Screaming Eagle in California. Prior to joining Vergelegen, Luke was the acclaimed winemaker at the French-inspired Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch from 2008, where he produced wines celebrated for their power, elegance, and balance.
Luke believes in the importance of innovation and learning from experts in the field. He also has a particular fondness for working with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc due to their unique expressions and the precision required to create exceptional wines.
In addition to his expertise, Luke brings passion and perseverance to Vergelegen. His ultimate goal is to build a successful business that will stand the test of time and be passed down through generations. As a Stellenbosch winemaker, Luke is consistently impressed by the region’s quality and is eager to contribute to Vergelegen’s esteemed legacy with his unique approach and dedication to excellence. He also shares the estate’s commitment to environmental sustainability and Bordeaux-style wines, focusing on natural winemaking with minimal intervention..