Boschendal Wines

Andiswa Mapheleba, Cap Classique Winemaker

Born in Tsolo, I spent my early childhood in the best of ways and the simplicity still brings back such fond memories.  I moved to East London and did my schooling until my matric year. It was during this time when my interest in winemaking was piqued.  Even though I had no clue what the industry entailed, I was drawn to this career and envisioned myself growing within it.

What had drawn to winemaking is my love for science and art, and the fact that I wanted to do something that was completely out of the ‘norm’. Since then, I’ve never looked back! It was a defining moment in my life and one that I am so grateful for.

I completed my BSc Agriculture: Viticulture and Oenology degree at Stellenbosch University followed by a master’s degree in Wine Biotechnology, specialising in wine sensory and consumer research. I was appointed as assistant winemaker at Nederburg Wines as an assistant in barrel maturation and production at the end of 2018, before joining the Pongrácz team the following harvest. And now, I am truly honoured and thrilled to work with the DGB team, making one of the country’s most loved and accoladed bubbles!

In my day-to-day winemaking procedures, I constantly aim for quality by working with precision and passion – the ideals that are a necessity when making MCC.  As an individual, I always strive for simplicity and elegance in my craft.  I am also a firm believer of personal development and have a passion for the enrichment of our senses holistically.

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