After successfully completing his BSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University, Jacques du Plessis immediately set to work – first in the Swartland as an intern working alongside Eben Sadie and then in the Breedekloof wine region, where he managed Olifantsberg’s boutique wine farm and made wine with an emphasis on Rhone varieties
“I love the unique balance of science and creativity found in wine making. It’s a job that relies on so many critical aspects and key players within and beyond one’s control… nature, seasons, farming practices, discipline, skill and intuition.”
Deeply involved in all aspects of wine making, from the vine to the wine, Jacques firmly believes that these two aspects are inseparable.
“A love for both vine and wine is required if anything of interest is to be made.”
In this regard, Jacques strives to constantly adapt and improve Uitsig’s farming and winemaking practices – being sensitive to the needs of the vine whilst respecting the heritage and history of the appellation.
Spend any time with Jacques and you’ll quickly come to realize that respect is indeed a key feature of his work ethic – respect for the environment, the terroir, the vines, the people working the vines, and the community surrounding it.
“I’m honoured to be working in the oldest wine region in South Africa. Heritage and regional identity is something I respect and both of these are important in Constantia. Uitsig has a long history of great wines, and I’m thrilled to be part of what is to come.”