“Paul has built a thriving business doing things differently from his competitors.”
His father, a Frenchman who escaped the German army marching on St Malo in 1940, opened a restaurant in Stockport, following the end of hostilities. It was based on the French model of mother front-of-the-house and kids peeling potatoes as soon as they’re old enough. But Paul was not keen, and fell into the wine trade after a less than brilliant scholastic career. Following a classic apprenticeship in the wine trade in the early 1970s, Paul launched his own wine import business in the UK in 1980, which he subsequently sold in 2013. Paul has built a thriving business doing things differently from his competitors. His private investment in Waterkloof is, therefore, not that of the archetypical foreign-based lifestyle investor, but rather as a hands-on dedicated entrepreneur-cum-winemaker. It is his outspoken desire to produce truly fine wines, consistently with a defining sense of origin from Waterkloof.
Nadia grew up in the Stellenbosch region with its omnipresent vineyards and was introduced to the wine culture and lifestyle from a very young age. Her career choice came natural and Nadia followed her dream of becoming a winemaker and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (BSc Agric) specialising in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. The pursuit of quality winemaking saw her working for small family-owned wineries in Australia, New Zealand and France before a combination of destiny and good judgment brought her back to South Africa and ultimately to Waterkloof Estate in 2009 – when she joined the winemaking team for their maiden vintage in its new state-of-the-art gravitational cellar. Nadia is very much a nature lover and therefore likes the natural winemaking philosophies which are practiced at Waterkloof.
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“The wine industry is a fascinating, yet complex and intricate trade with many diverse personalities and perplexing situations.”
Nowadays, Cape Town born Claudia thanks her lucky stars for accidentally entering the wine business after completing a BA Honours degree in Political Science. She started her career in a wine tasting centre, but eventually managed to gain valuable management experience in every facet of the sales and marketing process. Does she ever make use of the knowledge she acquired at university? “Yes, every day!” “The wine industry is a fascinating, yet complex and intricate trade with many diverse personalities and perplexing situations.” She has no regrets and loves the fact that she lives in breathtakingly beautiful Stellenbosch, surrounded by ancient oak trees, impressive mountains and bounteous vineyards. She embraces the industry she works in and incorporates good food and wine into her life. “Most people wait for a special occasion to enjoy the good things in life. I get to enjoy it almost every day. I tell myself constantly: Claudia, you’re a lucky, lucky girl…”
What kind of wines does he enjoy? “Those which have a real sense of place, which reveal a little more of themselves and their origin with each sip from the glass, ones that take you on an adventure that’s worth every penny you paid for it!”
Whether dusting bottles in a shop, scrubbing barrels in a Spanish bodega or travelling the world selling wine, Louis’ passion for all things vinous is unquestionable and with a surname like Boutinot, unsurprising. Having worked in wine retail, export sales and as a cellar rat, he firmly believes that working in such diverse sectors of the industry will stand him in good stead as he embarks on his “dream job” (if you can call it a job) with Waterkloof and False Bay. What kind of wines does he enjoy? “Those which have a real sense of place, which reveal a little more of themselves and their origin with each sip from the glass, ones that take you on an adventure that’s worth every penny you pay for it!” Apart from wine and the food, friends and family that go with it, he enjoys taking part in a wide range of sports, including tennis and cricket, and is relishing the prospect of pursuing his interest in wildlife whilst in South Africa.