Juhan Hunlun

Winemaker
Val du Charron Wine & Leisure Estate
27 year old Juan brings with him, a passion and drive to see Val du Charron to new heights. Always ready for a new challenge and eager to get his hands dirty, Juhan is truly a breath of fresh air. He has a level head on his shoulders and enjoys being innovative and working with a team to achieve success.

His bubbly personality and humility makes our everyday activities a pleasure while behind the scenes he is using his technical knowledge gleaned locally and abroad to create outstanding wines not only in the cellar but starting in the vineyard.

WHY DID I BECOME A WINEMAKER
The Greeks said: “Eat, drink and be merry”. Well, I never felt any inclination towards becoming either a chef or a comedian, so that left booze. Becoming a winemaker was truly a childhood dream. Having been brought up on a fruit farm in a small rural community in Montagu and practically growing up in the distillery were my father was crafting brandy led to the passion that I have for farming and winemaking.

Winemaking is everything you dreamed it would be  - and more. You get to see the world, taste endless amounts of wine, meet a lot of new people from all over the world, and then just to keep you humble you get to do a little bit of admin. Winemaking is a lifestyle and you cannot compare it to a 9-5 work as we spend excessive amount of time in the cellar and in the vineyards trying to keep up with the ever changing elements king .But there is nothing else in the world that I would rather do then to make wine as this is my passion and building on my knowledge and pushing the boundaries to produce the best wine in the world will always be my goal.