WINE NEWS: Natasha Pretorius Appointed Winemaker at GlenWood
After serving 30 years as the Viticulturist/Winemaker for GlenWood Vineyards, DP Burger will be handing over this responsibility to his Assistant Winemaker, Natasha Pretorius. DP will oversee the smooth running of the farm in his capacity as Cellar Master and General Manager. GlenWood Vineyards is situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and is home to a range of award-winning wines.
Natasha Pretorius joined the team in 2018 and quickly became an integral part of the team, successfully applying her technical knowledge in the production of the farm’s premium wine range during the 2019 and 2020 vintages.
She also shares the team’s vision of continuing to produce high quality wines for both the local and export markets. “Natasha has become a highly regarded part of the GlenWood team, and we look forward to seeing her input in many vintages to come,” comments DP.
Natasha grew up in Vanderbijlpark and attended Driehoek High School, where after she moved to Stellenbosch to study BSc Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch.
Fascinated by all the microbiology involved in the winemaking process, she furthered her studies by obtaining her Honours (2014) and then her Masters degrees in Wine Biotechnology (2016).
During this time she developed a passion for the complexity of wine and the winemaking process. After graduating she started her winemaking career as an Assistant Winemaker at Doolhof Wine Estate near Wellington (2016 – 2018) before joining the GlenWood Vineyards team.
Natasha will officially take up her new position as GlenWood Vineyards Winemaker from 1 April, 2020.
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