About Pietman Retief, Wine & Culture Tour Guide

  • Born and bred in the Boland. Educated in Wellington and at the University of Stellenbosch
  • From 1971 was employed by the Distillers Corporation in Stellenbosch in various capacities culminating as director and head of public relations. As Client Services Director, Pietman led twelve overseas tours to various parts of the world, representing all facets and cultures of South Africa as part of the promotion of the country's 'Wine Revolution'
  • Was responsible for the opening of the Wine Museum, Brandy Museum and the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar in the early 80s
  • Involved in the inauguration of the SA Brandy Foundation in 1984 and from 1994 was Director, featuring in TV, radio, seminars and lectures countrywide promoting the image of brandy
  • Won the South Africa Tourism Welcome Awards 2009 Tourist Guide category at Indaba, Durban in 2009
  • Serves on various heritage and cultural bodies and is Life Member of the Heritage Society of Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch Museum and is an Honorary Life Member of the Stellenbosch Tourism Association
  • Lecturer at the Cape Wine Academy and is Chairman of the Wine Tourism Steering Committee. Member of the Brandy Guild of South Africa, Cape Town Routes Unlimited and previous member of the Western Cape Tourism Board
  • Committee Member of the Biodiversity of Wine initiative

Other interests

  • Rugby: From 1989/90 he was General Manager of the SA Rugby Board
  • Cricket: Served on the board of the Boland Cricket Union
  • Historical architecture: He was responsible for the restoration of the Oude Drostdy in Tulbagh and the Drostdy Hotel in Graaff Reinet in conjunction with Historic Homes of SA
  • Cape Flora: He has a keen interest in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the region which is home to more that 9,600 plant species found nowhere else in the world. He is also an enthusiastic bonsai cultivator
  • History: A Life Member of the Huguenot Society as well as the Stellenbosch Museum, he has a wide knowledge of the history of the Cape and a passionate interest in preserving the heritage of Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest town


London South African Tourism Guide of the Year Winner New York
Wine Industry Of South Africa 'Living Legend' Award 2010
Awarded Wine Personality of the Year by Institute of Cape Wine Masters
Elected Councillor For Tourism - Stellenbosch Municipality
Recommended by The Sunday Times London, Conde Nast Publications Group including Vanity Fair and GQ magazines New York.