Christiaan Nigrini – Assistant Winemaker at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel

Christiaan Nigrini in the Douro Valley, Northern Portugal Christiaan Nigrini is such a likeable young man, so dedicated to what he is doing as part of the Asara Winemaking Team. Last year he spent the harvest in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. What was the defining moment in your life that set you on

Janette van Lill – Assistant Winemaker at Asara Wine Estate & Luxury Hotel….

Janette van Lill, sniffing a glass of Merlot Janette van Lill is part of the Winemaking Team at Asara Wine Estate and Luxury Hotel. She works with Christiaan Nigrini, also an Assistant Winemaker, and Danielle le Roux. The team is producing some truly fine wines across a couple of ranges.  I asked her about herself.

Spier people – Cuven Conradie, Assistant Stock Controller

Spier Manor House Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. Cuven Conradie is a cellar assistant and assistant stock controller in Spier’s winery, where he’s worked for nearly three years. The cellar is his favourite part of the farm. “I

Spier people – Orlando Filander, Senior Farm Manager

Spier Manor House Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. Orlando Filander, the Spier farm manager, has worked on the farm for 16 years, playing a key role in ensuring it obtained organic certification in 2015. A trained viticulturist, he

Spice Route Wines – I talk to Charl du Plessis, Winemaker…

Charl du Plessis, winemaker of Spice Route Wines I said recently in a piece that I wrote, I would happily drink any wine from Spice Route, just friendly wines and perfect food partners. Charl du Plessis has been winemaker for Spice Route for the past 15 years.  I wanted to get to know him better.

Spier, all about its people – Alfrieda Hanse, Farm Supervisor

Alfrieda Hanse – Farm Supervisor Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. Alfrieda Hanse is a farm supervisor at Spier’s Nooitgedacht farm near Paarl. She grew up in the Northern Cape and has been employed by Spier for almost 17

Spier, it’s all about the people, Wilton Sikhosana

Wilton Sikhosana at work It’s all about people, the hospitality and wine industry – especially at Spier, such a diverse and exciting Wine Estate, Winery, Hotel, Restaurants and and and…. Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. The green fingered

Spier people – Heinrich “Bones” Opperman – Senior Cellar Assistant

Heinrich Opperman_Senior Cellar Assistant Spier is home to a diverse bunch of passionate people, doing what they love, and committed to making a difference every day. Senior cellar assistant Heinrich Opperman, better known as Bones by his colleagues, joined Spier seven years ago as a farm worker. Now a senior cellar assistant, “the growth has