Meet Simonsig’s Wine Club Manager: Denzel Swarts, whose contagious smile, enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile keeps guests coming back for more. Born on the farm, Denzel is passionate about empowering his team and is constantly encouraging them to strive for excellence. If he had to change his name, he’d go for Santiago.
- Where were you born?
- How long have you been at Simonsig?
Most of my life. I grew up on the farm and, after working elsewhere for a short while, I have been back for 6 years.
- Why the wine industry?
It’s complicated, but you can drink it (ha-ha). On a serious note though, I feel that there are so many stories that still need to be told – especially the relationship between the wine industry and its people – and I want be a part of making sure that happens.
- What do you love about your job?
Enjoying the amazing wines and people. Also, just seeing how much people appreciate it when you teach them a thing or two about wine.
- What is the most challenging part of job?
When I can’t effectively communicate with my customers because of language barriers.
- How would your team describe you?
The perfect Politician.
- What’s your personal theme song / mantra?
Oceans by Hillsong United.
- What did you want to be growing up?
- How do you relax / unwind?
I go hiking or running.
- Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Barack Obama, for his immense sense of connection with people, and the ability to articulate himself.
- If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
30 – you are old enough to be an adult, but still able to be classified as youth by South African law.
- If you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming a Director for the VinPro Foundation.
- What is your most treasured possession?
My Crucifix I bought on a pilgrimage in Myslowice, Poland.
- How would you like to be remembered?
As a Servant Leader who didn’t compromise on his values.
- Did you ever want to change your name to something else?
No, but if I had to, I would change it to Santiago.
- What is the worst job you’ve done?
None, because I could learn from each of them.
- What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
- What do you owe your parents?
A lot, but most of all wonderful grandchildren.
- Favourite Simonsig wine at the moment?