Around the age of 13, Francois Weich who was from Swellendam originally, remembers standing in Langverwacht Wine Cellar near the Robertson Valley staring at the different vividly coloured tanks and being fascinated by the place. Years later as he was coming to the end of his military service (and probably sipping on some military ration Stein), he had to decide what to do with his life after the army. That memory of Langverwacht suddenly came back to him and Francois went off to study at Stellenbosch University’s renowned Elsenberg facility. After graduating he did stints all over the Western Cape at Rooiberg, Darling Cellars and Vredendal (Namaqua) before joining Robertston Winery in 1997. With their three adult children having flown the coop, Francois and his wife have a quiet house and in his off time he indulges his passion for reading history books. In stark contrast to his hobby, when he is on duty Francois is known as the technical guru. If there is any issue when it comes to the mechanics of the equipment, he is the man to talk to.
“I’m the technical guy. I like the mechanical side of wine. I want to know with each piece of machinery, how does it look inside, what does each part do. I must understand the process.”
His favourite wine is the Robertson Sauvignon Blanc though he specializes in all the whites from Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin. His goals are simple.
“All I want to do each year is get the best I can from each vintage. My challenge is to make the best possible wine from the grapes.”
We believe wine making is a natural process. Since different styles of wine vary greatly in their soil and climatic requirements, our accomplished cellar master, Bowen Botha, believes that the desired style should determine the choice of vineyard. Adhering to a philosophy of minimal handling and gentle pressing in order to capture the natural flavours of the fruit in the wine, Bowen and his inspired team of winemakers gently guide the transformation process to craft wines of exceptional quality and individuality.
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