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Rianco van Rooyen, Senior Wine Maker, Robertson Winery

After spending 12 years at Orange River Cellars in the Northern Cape, Rianco van Rooyen joined Robertson Winery as Senior Wine Maker at the end of 2019. Overseeing white wine production, Rianco has easily identified with the passion and commitment of Robertson Winery’s people to provide the consumer with the best possible product.

Rianco’s love for international travel, as well as his career stints in both California and Bordeaux have not only contributed to his aromatically-intense and fruit forward winemaking, but have also given him a deep appreciation for the way the South African wine industry is able to promptly respond to unique challenges. It his belief that this agility, combined with an ability to produce a wide variety of wine styles that don’t lose their distinct local character, is what makes South Africa’s wineries stand out on the world stage.

Having graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 with a BSc Agric. (Viticulture and Oenology), Rianco completed his Master’s Degree in Oenology (Cum Laude) at the end of 2018. And when it comes to his philosophy on the complexities of wine making, Rianco puts it simply, less is often more.

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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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