Ferdi Visser, winemaker at Deetlefs Estate in the Breedekloof, has been named the Mountain River Group Breedekloof Worcester Winemaker of the Year 2015, which was sponsored by the Mountain River Group.
Established in 2003 finalists had to submit no more than five wines, which were judged in eight categories by a panel of esteemed judges from the industry. Dr Winnie Bowman (CWM), chaired the panel and was joined by Duimpie Bayly (CWM), journalist Fiona McDonald, Raymond Nopp (CWM) and Kristina Beuthner (Head of the Cape Wine Academy) as fellow judges.
In order to qualify for an entry you need to be a winemaker working in the Breedekloof or Worcester ‘Wine of Origin’ area, and your cellar needs to be affiliated with one or both of the wine routes in the area (i.e. either Breedekloof Wine & Tourism and/or Worcester Wine & Olive Route).
The cellars who, together with Deetlefs Estate, qualified as finalists were:
- Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar
- Botha Cellar
- Goudini Cellar
- Nuy Cellar
“By far the proudest moment of my winemaking career. This award makes all the hard work worthwhile. It also inspires winemakers to produce wines that can compete with the best in the world, “ comments Ferdi on his recent win.