Dr Andy Roediger heads an analytical laboratory that tests plastics, rubbers and paints at the University of Stellenbosch.
About eight years ago, his daughter asked him to join her in attending the Diploma Wine Course at the Wine Academy, as he had much experience in drinking wine and she was essentially a teetotaler. Soon thereafter Andy enrolled for the Certificate course and then Diplomas 1 and 2. During Diploma 2, the students always agreed that “we” must start a wine tasting group, but nobody took the initiative.
Andy took up the challenge, and still presents tastings of international wines on a fortnightly basis. One thing lead to another and with his many business trips abroad always seemed to manage to make a turn past a wine region.
Andy himself started making wine under the Boschheim label in 2003 and today makes 10 000 plus bottles in a boutique winery with a full gravity feed system, making both red and white wines.
He also has been involved in wine judging at Young Wine Show, Veritas, Michelangelo and has been the chairperson of Shiraz SA judging the past seven years.
His Cape Wine Master (2007) thesis topic “Phenolic ripeness in South Africa”, has made him a leading expert in this field. During the harvest season, he carries out phenolic ripeness analyses on a commercial basis in his laboratory for many leading wine producers in the Cape.