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We find out who won The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year
We find out who won The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year This competition is open to all in the South African wine industry at no cost and so all winemakers have a chance at the sought-after titles. Where other awards focus on just the wine, Diners Club celebrate the skills and talent of the vintners too.
We’re in a little corner of our country that’s forever French but the wine is unmistakably South African. We’re headed for Franschhoek to find out who won the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year.
Winemakers compete within a specific class and varietal of wine which is chosen by connoisseurs like Carrie Adams.
White Wines were the chosen class for the young contestants and the winner was Wade Roger Lund with his Jordan Blanc de Blancs Méthode Cap Classique 2015.
A successful motorcycle racer in his school days, during holidays Wade would visit his grandparents’ farm in Bonnievale and learn about wine from his grandad. Aged nineteen he quit racing, studied winemaking and never looked back.
As Wade and the wine industry cope with the drought by limiting how many grape bunches each vine produces, they continue to produce wines of exceptional quality.
Winner of Winemaker of The Year, Christiaan Groenewald has been an agricultural economist, managed a wine export company and only then began creating wines.
Christiaan’s father was a grape farmer. After he passed away, Christiaan took his dad’s work to the next stage, built this winery and produced his first vintage eleven years ago.