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Delheim shakes up its winemaking team

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Stellenbosch’s Delheim Property has made a number of modifications to its winemaking workforce. Roelof Lotriet is now cellarmaster and Nongcebo Langa has taken his place as head winemaker.

Lotriet says Langa ‘has confirmed herself time and time once more, displaying not solely her winemaking management talent, however expertise and deep perception over the previous 4 vintages at Delheim. It’s now time for her to specific herself in a extra senior place.’

Nongcebo joined Delheim as an intern and have become a full-time member of the workforce in 2019. Most just lately, she was assistant winemaker.

Delhi Property is within the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. It’s a lovely a part of the world, but it surely additionally means Langa is a great distance from dwelling. She grew up in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, the place she had no background in wine. At college, she took an interest within the career when the Division of Agriculture offered winemaking as a career.

Langa is nicely suited to Delheim’s pioneering historical past. The late proprietor, Spatz Sperling, was seen as a visionary within the Cape Winelands, and was instrumental in reworking wine property laws. He was additionally a founding father of the first-of-its-kind Stellenbosch Wine Route.

The brand new head winemaker was a part of a ground-breaking challenge on world warming and wildfires on the College of Stellenbosch. She additionally graduated with an MSc in oenology from the identical college. She is finishing a Enterprise of Wine administration course on the Graduate College of Enterprise College of Cape City. Delheim Property additionally facilitated additional coaching and expertise for Langa in California, the place she gained expertise in one of many world’s most outstanding New World Wine areas.

‘It’s rewarding to develop and evolve on this business,’ says Langa. ‘I’m grateful to my mother and father for instilling the muse and motivation that led me on this journey. I nonetheless have a lot to be taught and obtain, and I sit up for it. Delheim is a good model and I hope to stay current because it grows from power to power.’

Lotriet says this has develop into ‘a real success story’. His new place supplies new challenges. His purpose is to steer the cellar to new heights. A part of that is to maintain up with technological advances and monitor the evolution of world wine types, in addition to keep environment friendly sustainability targets.

Footage: Delheim Property

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