Tertius Van Der Westhuizen

Managing director

Tertius Van Der Westhuizen has a long history in the Australian and South African Wine industry. Tertius received his PhD in microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch and were instrumental in the development of new wine yeast strains for the South African and world market. He was involved in fruit and wine research institutes in Stellenbosch before starting to work in the wine industry.  In 2001 he moved to Australia as technical manager for Laffort and later became the managing director for Laffort Australia.  Laboratory analysis has been a core focus throughout this period and the opportunity to grow a Laboratory group based in the major wine regions throughout Australia was a natural fit.  Winechek laboratories has since expanded to 4 sites across Australialocated in the Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Yarra Valley and Tasmania.