Le Roux, Danielle

Year Qualified: 2009

Danielle le Roux grew up on a farm in the Overberg. She went to study agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch and fell in love with wine when she experienced the Cape Winelands and the mystery of wine. She graduated in 2000 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – Viticulture & Oenology.

Two gap years followed – working on and off in London as a wine guide at Vinopolis Wine Museum near London Bridge and then doing harvests at Chateau de la Colline (Bergerac, France); Verite- Kendall Jackson (Sonoma, California); and Terreno (Tuscany, Italy).

On her return to SA, she was appointed as the winemaker at Lyngrove Wines, and thereafter, at Asara Wine Estate. During this time, she started her studies at the Cape Wine Academy and graduated as Cape Wine Master in 2009 after completing her thesis on the subject: The effect of wine on the dental health of consumers. Danielle has served on the tasting panels for Veritas, SA Young Wine Show and Michelangelo in the past

Following a tenure of four years from 2018 to 2022 as the winemaker at Guardian Peak Wines, she is now entrusted with the esteemed role of winemaker at the renowned Rust & Vrede Estate in Stellenbosch.

When she’s not making wine, she has three tasting groups on the side, loves travelling through Africa and also has the important task of raising her two sons as wine lovers. Danielle is passionate about wine, constantly in the company of a glass of wine and feels it is a privilege to have your beloved hobby as your job too.

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The effect of wine on the dental health of consumers