At just 11 years old, Danielle Jacobs’ uncle inspired her to be a winemaker with his tales of winemaking and viticulture from Elsenburg. Since then, her devotion to the profession has only grown and as the assistant winemaker at Boschendal, she plays a pivotal part in creating the estate’s award-winning vintages.
Before Boschendal, Danielle was the winemaker and farm manager at a boutique winery in Botriver, Eerste Hoop. Here she gained a 91 point score for her first solo vintage wine – a Cape White Blend. Prior to that, she was the assistant winemaker at Noble Hill Wine Estate. With a viticulture and oenology degree from Elsenburg (Stellenbosch), she’s continuously chasing the perfect balance between science and art in her winemaking technique. By fluidly merging creative freedom with century-old tried and tested methodology, she brings something utterly unique to every vintage she creates.
Inspired by the likes of Norma Ratcliffe, Fiona Mcdonald, Elunda Basson, Andrea Mullineux and our own white winemaker Lizelle Gerber, Danielle is a strong voice for female winemakers in the industry. Her intuition and empathy shines through and she’s determined to be a role model for young women entering the profession.
Her go-to wine at dinner parties is either the 1685 Boschendal Chardonnay for easy drinking or the Elgin Appellation Series Chardonnay for a special occasion. When she’s not creating superlative wines, she can be found travelling locally to new and interesting locations, her heartstrings pull towards small and interesting towns with beautiful histories and architecture, always with a book in hand. Danielle was the Veritas Young Wine Writer runner-up in 2015 and can still be found writing articles for media and blogs for Boschendal (See Harvest Diary). On weekends she is either daunting new recipes in the kitchen, attempting to grow a sustainable garden or relaxing with friends and family with her pup Kahlo (the Rottweiller-Collie and all-round superpup).