The Helderberg slopes are amongst the finest grape growing ares in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Here amongst predominantly decomposed granite soils, the team at Longridge Winery tend their vineyards and make their wines using principles of organic and biodynamic farming. No insecticides, no pesticides,nor fertilizers. All the compost and tea and other requirements are all produced on the Esate.
Jasper Raats is the shareholder, cellar master and managing director of Longridge Wine Estate, as well as partner in Vigneron Consulting, an international consulting business. The consultancy shares valuable knowledge to a select group of clients, particularly focusing on organic and biodynamic viticulture and oenology. In fact, it was through this consulting business that his relationship with Longridge first started.
Jasper, who has established himself as one of the most talented winemakers in South Africa and first gained prominence for wines he created in New Zealand. In 2003, he started working as viticulturist and winemaker at New Zealand’s Clos Henri in the Marlborough region, developing a new vineyard and making wine for French Company, Henri Bourgeois. During this period, he also started Koru Wines, which became one of New Zealand’s top and most expensive wines.
His international experience includes working in Burgundy, Pouilly Fume, Sancerre and in Napa and Sonoma under Pierre Seillan, the genial French creator of Vérité Wines.
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