Winemaking - A lifelong love affair

Winemaking on the Muratie Wine Farm is as much about the process as the end product...

While passion, tradition and a love for the land distinguish the growing and harvesting process, inherited expertise and modern technology combine to create quality wines. Home to the first Pinot Noir vines, the farm's varietals friendly culture and all the estate grapes are hand harvested. The result? Award winning wines that are testimony to the winemaking philosophy of one of South Africa's top estates.

Our Winemaking Team
Francois Conradie - Winemaker
Grew up on a farm in the Robertson district and from there his love for the cultivating of grapes as well as the developing thereof into wine.

He studied B.Sc Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology) at Stellenbosch University after which he spent eighteen months in London, where he got to see the most of Europe.

Back in South Africa he started working at Boschendal for four years ?producing both white and red wines. During this time he worked at the well-known Chateaux Pichon Longville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux for a harvest season, as well as a harvest time in Rheinhessen, Germany.

By the end of 2005 he joined Muratie Wine Estate as winemaker / farm manager where he is in the fortunate position to be involved in the vineyard right through to the final product ?every step.

According to him the farm has got amazing potential and he enjoys every challenge coming his way!

Simon Zeeman - Winemaker Assistant
Completed all the SKOP courses within two years
Completed a process learnership course with NQF level 4 at Interceipt and was overall in second place in his group.
Currently enrolled for the junior cellar management course.

We are proud to announce that Simon Zeeman, employee of Muratie Wine Estate, just completed the National Certificate: Food and Beverages Processing: Wine Processing and was appointed as second highest achiever overall from 63 students.

This is a Foodbev SETA qualification and presented on level 3, the learnership was offered to cellar-assistants and previously disadvantaged learners who are interested in wine processing. The learnership was available for both employed and unemployed learners.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and fully accredited.

Benchmarking was done against the NVQ from Britain, SVQ from Scotland as well as Australian and New Zealand qualifications. International comparability could be found for a qualification on this level. On the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Framework a National Certificate in Food and related processing level 3 could be found to support this qualification.

Jacobus Williams - Vineyard Manager
Jacobus spends his working day in the vineyard and will provide high quality fruit needed to produce the premium, handcrafted Muratie Wines.
He has years of experience working at Boschendal.

Muratie Wine Estate