Rosa Kruger, well-known viticulturist, now the driving force behind the Old Vines Project was designated Wine Personality of the Year.
She receives it for her dedication to training in the field of viticulture and her passion for the old vines in South Africa, a project that she has nurtured since 2002. She believes that it is essential to train the entire workforce in the industry, as by getting close to the vineyard workers and showing them exactly how to deal with all aspects of viticulture, this adds quality to the grapes and the wines in turn.
Rosa has accumulated extensive experience working in various vineyards in South Africa, France, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Slovakia. The award was handed to her at the gala dinner of the Institute on Saturday, 5 May 2018, held at the award-winning restaurant Overture in Stellenbosch.
Bennie Howard CWM, Duimpie Bayly CWM, Rosa Kruger, Conrad Louw (Chairperson), Jeff Grier CWM
Bennie Howard CWM introducing Rosa Kruger to the guests
Rosa Kruger explains her work with the Old Vine Project