Jacques completed his studies at Stellenbosch University and set to work straight away. Having worked in the Swartland and the Breedekloof with mostly red Rhone varieties, it was the chance to make cooler climate wines in a historic setting that drew him here.
“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.”
Jacques manages the 25 hectares of vineyards and is also responsible for making the wines. “I really believe the viticulture and winemaking aspects are inseparable so I love learning more of this complete process and there is a long way to go still. Always improving soil and vineyard health is first priority for me and then the winemaking methods need to be gentle and respectful of the site.”