Meet The Team (alt)

Suzanne Caviggia-Claassens- Director

As a Director and Founding Member of Susan Stanleys, Suzanne leads a team of Brand Ambassadors responsible for representing producers of distinguished wine farms throughout the Western Cape. Suzanne successfully completed her WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 with Merit and has been in the FMCG industry specialising in wine for over 12 years. Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, Suzanne immigrated to England and completed her A Levels and Advanced Certificate in Mortgage Advise and Practice and began her career in Finance working for notable world Financial Institutions before she ultimately made the permanent move back to her home town, Cape Town. A passion and love of wine let her to the Winelands where she began a career in the Wine Industry. Hard work, commitment, drive, dedication and sacrifice are the innate characteristics which led to her early professional success and lay the foundation for her unique talent as a manager and buyer.

David Mfeka - Director

As a Director and Founding Member of Susan Stanleys, David heads the team of Brand Ambassadors responsible for representing producers of distinguished wine farms throughout the Western Cape. Specialising in the sale of premium and ultra-premium products throughout the Susan Stanleys portfolio, David brings an unparalleled one-on-one service to each of his clients. Raised in Durban, KZN, David relocated to Stellenbosch, Western Cape, and dove headfirst into the world of wine obtaining his Cape Wine Academy Certificate including Wine of the World and WSET level 2. The key to David’s success is simple: a genuine passion and infectious enthusiasm for the wine industry. David strives to build a long-lasting relationship with his clients by providing a personable approach to wine buying, and aims to surpass his client's expectations on every occasion. Customer service is of utmost importance, and constant communication is vital. He prides himself on being available whenever needed.

Jarred Vosges- Brand Ambassador

Jarred prides himself in successfully bringing our farms and their sustainable products to life through his extensive background knowledge of the winelands. He has the innate ability to understand and meet his clients’ needs and prides himself in being viewed as a trusted advisor throughout the process. Being a lover of wine, his passion for the industry ensures that he remains focused on promoting our farms quality products ethically and ensuring clients understand the true passion and dedication that has gone into each bottle purchased. He values the importance of listening to buyers and producers intently and his outgoing personality immediately puts his clients at ease. Jarred’s decision to enter the wine industry was an easy one, having worked as a Western Cape Tour Guide his entire career, introducing our beautiful winelands to thousands of tourists. It was only natural for him to progress into a role that focused on supporting and servicing the wine industry through promotion and sales to the local South African market. Jarred grew up in Paarl and now resides in Stellenbosch, and mentions that “the winelands have always felt like home.”

Roberto Vermeulen - Brand Ambassador

Born and raised in Stellenbosch, Roberto can trace his love for wine and agriculture all the way back to his college days. On the weekends, Roberto would visit various wine estates for fun- thus exposing him to different wine styles, varieties, and developed his palate and passion for the industry. This passion let him on to choose holiday destinations in various wine regions across the Western Cape regularly and he fell in love with the different terroirs, estates, and wine culture. Just months after graduating, Roberto joined a prestige wine estate as Tasting Room Manager. He spent a few years immersed in all this farm had to offer before moving to pursue a career with a wine distributer. The experience and wine knowledge Roberto has acquired through working in various positions in the wine industry speaks to his level of commitment and dedication in anything he pursues. His passion for working with other people led him to previous roles in Sales, Marketing, and Client Services. Roberto has been mentored and trained by some of the top sales & agents in the industry. He sets himself apart with his dedication to his clients, his passion for wine & the industry, and his knowledge and expertise in sales and consulting. When Roberto isn’t working, you can find him raising his young son and looking after his family, exercising, exploring the winelands endless restaurants and wine tasting. One the nicest and politest sales rep you will find!