The newest member of the Nederburg winemaking team, Elmarie Botes, fell in love with the idea of winemaking during a cellar tour in Grade 11. Now 31, she’s responsible for the estate’s white wines and is currently completing her first harvest.
After graduating with a BSc in viticulture and oenology from Stellenbosch University, she gained cellar experience at a number of premier estates, including Lanzerac, Groot Constantia, Steenberg, Kanonkop, Jordan and Fleur du Cap. She also participated in a three-year internship with the Cape Winemakers Guild as part of its Protégé Programme.
Norma Ratcliffe never intended to spend her days in a South African wine cellar, crafting some of the Cape’s most celebrated red wines. Instead, the Canadian-born matriarch of Warwick wine estate outside Stellenbosch had a career in textiles in mind, until a chance holiday encounter in the Greek isles with a South African farmer brought her to South Africa in 1971.
Her late-husband Stan purchased Warwick estate in 1964, but Ratcliffe didn’t start making wine until 1974. “Stan and I had a big bond on the farm and we didn’t have any money to invest in a cellar; instead we invested…
This is a significant improvement from its 49th-place ranking last year and comes on the back of a series of accolades raked in over the past year.
Nederburg was named South African Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine & Spirits Competition last year and also picked up a trophy for the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon.
The recognition places the local wine producer in the same league as Spanish winery Torres – which is the top wine brand admired by connoisseurs around…