We’re launching new feature that we think will be really valuable for MW students and that is free to all. Over the coming months, we’ll be offering you the chance to have your questions put to a range of winemakers and we will publish the answers on our website.
The first three winemakers taking part are some of those Jim met on his recent visit to South Africa.
Tesselaarsdal Wines - Run by the trailblazing Berene Sauls, one of the very first people of colour running a winery in South Africa and soon to be growing her own grapes. Some of the areas you might like to focus on with Berene include the challenges of setting up a new business, environmental and sustainability practices, and what guides her choice of grape varieties.
Creation Wines - Established by Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin who make wine up on the very top of the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge. Perhaps you’d like to ask them about their global market, the impact of currency fluctuations, barrel shape experiments with lees contact and of course environmental and sustainability approaches.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards - The pioneers in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, with second generation Anthony Hamilton Russell now in charge and focussed on cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Anthony has been very active in ensuring the establishment of new wards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley that recognise terroir, has experimented with wild yeasts, soil mapping and their approach to clones and rootstocks.