Kobus Burger of Rietvallei

#FineWines: GREG LANDMAN meets the country’s top winemakers and samples their wares

Kobus-Burger,-Cellarmaster-at-RietvalleiGood-looking 39-year-old Kobus was born and raised on the family farm and heavily influenced in his wine making by his father Johnny, as well as his cousins, the De Wets.

Nevertheless, after attending Paarl Boys High, he studied mechanical engineering at the Cape Technikon, after which he practised in Stellenbosch. The pull of the family wine business, however, proved too strong and started to exert its influence over him from 2002.

He spent some time at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch and in Saint Cyr, France, before joining his father at Rietvallei. He is married to Elizabeth, an interior designer from Namibia, and they are parents to Estée (10), Annie (6), and twin three-year-old boys – quite a handful. The couple travel to exotic locations like Russia on business, while leisure time is spent entertaining friends at home, where “the wine is really good.”

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Set in one of the most beautiful areas of the Western Cape, Rietvallei in Robertson has distant mountains edging the horizon and an almost garden-like atmosphere. Country roads are lined by cannas demarcating the various farms, there are ‘eende te huur’ (ducks for hire to keep the snail population in the vineyards under control), stud farms where prized horses graze contentedly, and a welcoming kind of hospitality that comes easily to the locals.

RIETVALLEI WINE ESTATE, ROBERTSON 023 626 3596 www.rietvallei.co.za

Cover*Read the rest of Greg’s exploration of Rietvallei in our September 2014 edition.

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Landman

As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.

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