Kayleigh Hattingh

Assistant Winemaker
Kaapzicht Wine Estate
It’s quite perfect that my past experience has led me to Kaapzicht. Here is where my passion for terroir driven- and site specific wines are fuelled.

I studied viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University, and completed my studies in 2016. My first year after my studies I worked with Andrea and Chris Mullineux in Franschhoek who helped cultivate my passion for terroir-driven wines. I took this new found passion to California where I worked as a harvest intern at a winery called Ovid in Napa Valley.

I found myself back in South Africa for harvest the following year working at Fable Mountain Vineyards in Tulbagh. Having worked with new varieties like Grenache and Mourvedre for the first time, I was inspired to work in Spain where these varieties are very common. I went to a small viticultural area called Priorat, working at Terroir al Límit. I learned to love Mediterranean cultivars and how to farm under intense dryland conditions.