Mariaan started at Vondeling in 2012 and has been an indispensable part of the development of the tasting room. “This place is in my blood,” she says with a smile. Her duties began at the tasting counter and is now the driving force behind the multitude of functions, weddings and lunch concepts, such as offering visitors the chance to experience a traditional South African braai, complete of course with braai broodjies and malva pudding. In a nutshell, if you have an interesting idea – she’s the one to talk to. She has been married to her husband, Malcolm, for over two decades. The pair have two children, Edwin and Christine. When not pouring wines or brainstorming functions, you’ll find Mariaan and her family travelling somewhere beautiful.

Mariaan Blog Photo


Tell us about your career path in die wine industry.  

A:                       My first job in the wine industry was in 1993 at Twee Jonge Gezellen, Tulbagh. Although it was an admin position, “I caught the bug”. Back then we all had to take turns to work in the tasting room over weekends and I loved it! I have worked in the wine and agriculture industry since then – now “living the dream” by being tasting room & events manager with the added responsibility of marketing and organising functions and weddings, which adds a different dimension and really makes my life interesting.


 What are you passionate about in life?

A: Family first and to travel. “I’ve not been everywhere, but it’s on my list” 


Do you have a favourite Vondeling wine? 

A:    Tough one!  But yes, Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon. I love the intense flavours of dark red fruit and the way it lingers on the palate. I can literally have a bottle all by myself (and NOT feel it the next day) 


 Where would you like to retire?

A:   Paleochora, Crete (in my dream world) Stilbaai (in my real world)


 What can bridal couples expect from you when booking their wedding at Vondeling Wines?

A:                 Honesty, professionalism, friendliness and lots of laughs along the way. I give it my all. I know how daunting it is to plan a wedding and I want the couple to feel at ease and not sweat the small stuff. I am always available and will go the extra mile to help make the journey to their most special day as stress-free as possible. Most of the Vondeling couples become like family!