Meet Our Assistant Winemaker Ricardo Cloete

Ricardo Cloete, Assistant Winemaker at Durbanville Hills, responsible for white and red wines. Grew up in the Nothern-Cape in a small village called Steinkopf… (Yes, the grass is always greener on the other side). Followed an internship at the Cape Winemakers Guild after my studies at Elsenburg Agricultural College where I did my Degree in Cellar Technology. Already did 8 harvests at prestigious wineries in SA and one in France, Burgundy. My approached to winemaking – source top quality grapes, stick to the basics and attention to detail.

I like doing adventurous activities, love nature and road trips to nowhere. Always try to visit other wineries over weekends and taste as much wine as possible. Favourite wine…. Difficult to say, but wake me up 2 o’clock in the morning and it will be Pilotage.