Greg Landman meets the country’s top winemakers. This month is the turn of Jeanine Craven of Dornier
Jeanine was a Faure who grew up on a wine farm in Faure, just outside Stellenbosch, so it must be quite a change to be called Craven since she married Mick Craven, an Australian winemaker she met while doing a stint in California in 2007. She was born in Mowbray in 1982 and grew up “surrounded by vineyards, catching rides on tractors and generally mucking about tasting grapes and causing mischief when the harvest was underway,” she says. “I loved the way my father enjoyed the harvest. It was enchanting and I wanted to be part of it.” Jeanine studied in Stellenbosch but her real studies began when she started working in wineries.
“That is the only way to really learn to make wine,” she points out. After a spell at Meerlust, Jeanine worked with Bruwer Raats at Zorgvliet and this was when she knew she’d chosen the right career. Extensive overseas experience in France, the US and Australia followed before she began at Dornier in 2012. She and Mick are both ardent cooks and live – guess where – in the old farmhouse in Faure where shegrew up. Talk about coming full circle.
DORNIER WINES, STELLENBOSCH, 021 880 0557
Read more about Dorner Wines in the June 2015 edition of Country Life, available as a digital download.