Gerrie Duvenage joined Morgenster in 1994 to help owner Giulio Bertrand accomplish his dream of "making the best olive oil in South Africa".
After studying Agricultural Research at Pretoria Technicon, Gerrie was responsible for various olive research projects at Infruitec in Stellenbosch for seven years. The olive industry had just started to pick-up and he helped numerous potential producers to grow and produce olives and olive oil successfully.
Although Gerrie gained valuable experience during his olive research, he regards his most important knowledge as coming from several trips to Italy where he spent many hours with Professor Fontanazza, the Director of the most important Olive Research Institute in Italy.
Gerrie has won numerous awards for the Estate with Morgenster's Extra Virgin Olive Oil including several L'Orciolo D'Oro Awards and for 2010, 2011 and 2012 the highest points (97 out of a possible 100) for an olive oil in the international Flos Olei Guide, the successor to L'Extravergine. In 2006 Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil won "Best blended olive oil in the world" L'Extravergine, and in 2007 Morgenster won "Mill of the year" L'Extravergine.