Dico du Toit

Dico du Toit

Winemaker

Location
Cape Town Area, South Africa
Industry
Wine and Spirits

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Dico du Toit's Overview

Current
  • Winemaker at DGB
Past
  • Assistant Oenologist at DGB
  • General and Business Development Manager at Greenacres Fine Wines
  • Stock Control Manager at Caviste
  • Senior Winemaker at Tulbagh Co-op Wineries
  • Manager: Business Services at Porterville Co-op Winery
  • Winemaker at Porterville Co-op Winery
Education
  • University of Stellenbosch Business School - Executive Development, Bellville, South Africa
  • Elsenburg Agricultural College, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Huguenot High School, Wellington, South Africa
Connections

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Dico du Toit's Summary

I am a qualified winemaker with experience in the production and general management environment. I have a keen interest in the wine industry, business development and general management including wine production as well as the management of teams and processes within a framework of systems and internationally accepted principals and practices to the benefit of all interested parties.

I started my professional career as an assistant winemaker but was soon recognised as someone with the potential to develop into a manager due to my calm, systematic and analytical approach to planning and organising of teams and processes. I also have the ability to get along with a wide variety of people, both colleagues and clients. The solving of challenges in the workplace comes very natural to me. I am comfortable within a computerised environment and the use of management software to make decisions to enhance efficiency and profitability. I can recognise and explore opportunities, strategise and negotiate around such opportunities.

I have gained valuable international experience through various job opportunities, This has also allowed me to establish an international network in the global wine industry.

Specialties

Problem solving, planning and organisational skills, leadership and motivation of teams, analysis of issues, "getting things done"

Dico du Toit's Experience

Winemaker

DGB

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Wine and Spirits industry

November 2012Present (1 year 11 months) Wellington

Assistant Oenologist

DGB

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Wine and Spirits industry

January 2012June 2012 (6 months) Wellington

Fixed term position as assistant enologist for the 2012 wine making season. Liaison between DGB production and various supplier wineries with regards to monitoring, selection and management of wines within the Douglas Green program.

General and Business Development Manager

Greenacres Fine Wines

July 2008March 2011 (2 years 9 months) Malmesbury, Western Cape, South Africa

General management and business development, including BEE wine brand, Jacob’s Quest (JQ). Including drafting, implementing and management of budgets, marketing and sales strategies. Management of key accounts, appointment and management of national sales agents and distribution networks. Procurement, marketing and sales of bulk wine for GFW and West Coast Wine Exchange to a variety of bulk clients. In-house winemaker, contract Wine maker(2009 Vintage - Wamakersvallei ISO, BRC, HACCP accredited). Co-ordination of harvest activities between producers and processing plants, including winemaking protocols.
Achievements: Successful management of resources within budget while establishing a national distribution and sales network for bottled product; establishing national promotional circuit, overseeing winemaking, procurement, sales and delivery of bulk wine at premium price point through management of relationships. 100% increase of income for largest grape producing client 2009 to 2010.
2010 Swartland Champion Scarce White Wine (Viognier), National Young Wine Show

Stock Control Manager

Caviste

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Wine and Spirits industry

September 2007July 2008 (11 months) Overton, Hampshire

I was mainly responsible for stock control between the various shops and warehouses at the time, including the implementation of stock control systems using Vintner Software.
Other duties included analysis of stock, raising of orders, administration and reconciliation of invoices and orders, management and maintenance of shop floor, direct selling to customers.

Senior Winemaker

Tulbagh Co-op Wineries

July 2006May 2007 (11 months) Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa

I was responsible for the total management of the winemaking processes in the 14 000 ton Porterville winery after amalgamation between Porterville and Tulbagh Co-op wineries.

Manager: Business Services

Porterville Co-op Winery

July 2004June 2006 (2 years) Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa

I was appointed to manage the relationship between production, clients and suppliers. I managed the procurement of goods and planning of logistics etc. I supported the CEO in day to day activities and operations in a management mentorship program and was exposed to all facets of the business up to board level.

Winemaker

Porterville Co-op Winery

January 2001May 2003 (2 years 5 months) Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa

Started as Assistant Winemaker implementing basic systems to enhance overall wine quality. Setting up basic wine lab for minor routine analysis. Was promoted to winemaker towards the end of 2002.

Dico du Toit's Skills & Expertise

  1. Organizational Development
  2. Organizational Effectiveness
  3. Organizing
  4. Operations Management
  5. Budget Management
  6. Logistics Planning
  7. Procurement
  8. Product Marketing
  9. Sales Management
  10. Strategic Planning
  11. Project Planning
  12. Planning
  13. Team Leadership
  14. Analysis
  15. System development and implementation
  16. Winemaking
  17. Wine Sales
  18. Wine Knowledge
  19. Wine
  20. Budgets
  21. Sales
  22. Strategy
  23. New Business Development

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Dico du Toit's Education

University of Stellenbosch Business School - Executive Development, Bellville, South Africa

Certificate in Management Development, - General Management, Economics, People Management, Marketing, Financial Management

20022002

Activities and Societies: Certificate course in general managment to supply junior to middle level managers with the ability to understand and implement business strategies in their organisation.

Elsenburg Agricultural College, Stellenbosch, South Africa

National Diploma in Cellar Technology, - Wine Chemistry, Microbiology,Oenology, Cellar Bookkeeping, Wine Legislation

19972000

Activities and Societies: 1999 - Assistant Coach Elsenburg Rugby Club

Huguenot High School, Wellington, South Africa

Senior Certificate, - Afr. 1st Lang HG, English 2nd Lang HG, Mathematics SG, Phys. Science HG, Biology HG, Geography HG

19901994

Activities and Societies: 1994 - Student Council, Rugby 1st Team Vice-Captain and Boland Schools Cravenweek Team, Cricket 1st Team ('90-'94), Debate Club, Precision Marching Platoon, School Paper - Photographer

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