De Villiers, Lisha

Year Qualified: 2020

Lisha de Villiers has been a farmgirl all her life. Many of her school holidays and week-ends were spent working in the vineyards and the tasting room on the family wine estate. Whilst still a teenager she travelled abroad to represent the Nelson Wine Estate at international wine shows.
These experiences kindled her interest in winemaking. After matriculating at Paarl Gimnasium in 2000 she went on to study Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. Between 2001 and 2007 she graduated first with a BScAgric (cum laude) and then with an MScAgric (cum laude).
In 2008 she Joined the family winery as head winemaker. Currently Lisha is the CEO and responsible for running the entire family wine business.
After visiting many wine growing regions around the world, Lisha decided to formally broaden her knowledge about wines and wine growing regions around the world and enrolled at the Cape Wine Academy.
Lisha’s interests include wine, reading, horse riding and travel. She is married with two children.

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Wine and Health