Steenkamp, De Bruyn

Year Qualified: 2006

De Bruyn grew up in the Cape winelands on his family’s wine estate. He is a lawyer by trade with a Master’s degree in International trade law, and is also a member of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters.

He has two decades’ global experience in the wine industry which includes roles as Global Director of Sales & Marketing at KWV and before that various roles with Distell, including a 4-year stint in London as International Business Manager.

In addition to his family wine business Friesland wines (, he is director at Excelsis Trading Cooperatie U.A. ( and runs a wine advisory firm called Banner Global Wine Solutions (

De Bruyn loves wine and the wine industry and has travelled extensively across the globe. He is also a passionate advocate for the rights of children with Down’s syndrome and those growing up in fatherless homes.

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Global warming: a future perspective on changes to wine style and terroir