Background! I grew up amongst the beautiful vineyards of Stellenbosch and Constantia in the Western Cape of South Africa. I must be in the minority when I can happily lay claim to dispelling the classic “ you can chose your friends but not your family”! If anyone chose their family successfully it was yours truly, …so gratefully imprinted in my early development were the experiences and smells attached to farm life… lovingly, I had no escape, my destiny was pre-birth. It was not only life in the vineyards (and amongst farm animals) but also early trips to game reserves, the outdoors and exposure to nature which carved an everlasting passion for all aspects of natural history.
After obtaining a BSc in Agricultural science at Stellenbosch University I managed to achieve post graduate experience at the renowned wine school of Geisenheim Germany where I gained invaluable classical appreciation and respect for great wine. Fortunately following a career in winemaking presented many travel opportunities, where, believe it or not I have often landed up in wildlife destinations and enjoyed presenting wines in unusual locations.