Graduate of Stellenbosch University, joined the family business in 1976, impatient, reserved, back-room operator, enjoys building, creating and lateral thinking. Michael is passionate about environmental care.
John Spiers – CEO
Graduate of Rhodes University, joined Backsberg in 2005, from big corporate to medium size farming. Extensive experience in marketing and international business.
Clive Trent – Farm Manager
Graduate of Stellenbosch University, joined Backsberg in 1992, outgoing, forward thinking, loves change, a great teacher.
Alicia Rechner – Wine Maker
Alicia graduated in 1997 from the University of Stellenbosch Wine School. After 4 years of working in Europe and Australia as a flying winemaker, Alicia started making wines at Backsberg Estate Cellars in 2002. In 2008, Alicia took a 4 year break from Backsberg, working at corporate South African wineries and returned to join us again mid 2012 as Cellar master. Alicia is looking forward to once again, creating world class wines in the historic cellars of Backsberg.
Simon Back – Marketing Manager
After completing High School, Simon took a gap year. He studied French in Montpellier, worked a vineyard in California and worked and traveled in China. He then completed a four-year Business Science Economics Degree at the University of Cape Town. Simon joined his father Michael at the farm in January 2008. He is heading up marketing.