Leadership & Culture
A passionate team of empowered and skilled Individuals, thriving in a high-performance environment, building on a proud legacy of accomplishment, striving for excellence, as we grow our portfolio of leading brands.
This vision is underpinned by
“Our success requires a well-defined strategy, people who are passionate about our brands and business, a partnership with our customers and a culture that reflects a ‘speedboat amongst the battleships’ mentality.”
Tim Hutchinson | Executive Chairman
DGB (Pty) Ltd was formally established in 1990, although our true roots extend over 300 years when winemaking began at the Boschendal and Bellingham farms in the Cape Winelands. Today, we are one of South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producers and distributors and what sets us apart is our continuous quest and capacity to get better as we grow. The combined experience, talent and energy of our people is clearly tangible in our world-class wine and spirit brands that are marketed and sold with authentic enthusiasm all over the world.
The landscape of DGB as it is today was defined in 1999 when Tim Hutchinson the long serving Executive Chairman led a management buyout of DGB.
The partnership with Brait, a JSE-listed independent investment company, acquired 80% of its shareholding from owner, philanthropist and wine magnate, Mr. Graham Beck. After Mr. Beck’s passing in 2010, the family eventually sold the retained 20% shareholding to Brait five years later. In 2019, it wasn’t long until Brait started a process to sell numerous investments. By June 2020, Capitalworks in partnership with Tim Hutchinson, long-time head of DGB, concluded a transaction that acquired a majority shareholding in DGB. Capitalworks is an Independent Asset Management Company founded by Mr. Chad Smart, who once served on the DGB Board of Directors for eight years. With senior management also investing in the business and with Capitalworks supporting a management team with extensive industry knowledge and experience, the growth & success of the business going forward is assured.