Azolile Khoncoshe, the first recipient to benefit from this newest initiative, is currently a third year Viticulture & Oenology student at the University of Stellenbosch. The bursary funded his studies in 2016 and will continue to do so for the remaining portion of his degree. Through the Nederburg Auction, Khoncoshe will also have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced viticulturists and cellar masters in the local wine industry.
Originally from Tsholomnqa in the Eastern Cape, Khoncoshe says that he feels extremely fortunate to be in a position to follow his passion. “This has truly been an eye-opening experience, as I have had the chance to interact and network with the leaders in the wine making industry and have been exposed to new technologies, resulting in a better understanding of how the industry actually operates.”
Khoncoshe was accepted to Stellenbosch University in 2015, after having spent a year studying biotechnology at the Cape Town Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). “It’s everything I have hoped for”, he says when asked about his Viticulture and Oenology degree. “I feel challenged and inspired to learn, and now with the support of the Nederburg Auction, I look forward to learning more about the practical business side of the wine industry.”
We are fortunate to have young people like this in the wine industry.
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