Taste De Grendel wines with Cellar Master Charles Hopkins

Cellar Master Charles Hopkins will personally attend Kievits Kroon’s wine tasting evening with De Grendel Wines on Saturday 29 July.

Hopkins has been with De Grendel for 12 years, following an illustrious career in wine making.

In 1986, on completion of his 3-year Cellar Technology training at Elsenburg College, Charles took up the position of assistant winemaker. In 1990 he was appointed winemaker for Bellingham Wines.

He has spent harvest seasons at both Dry Creek Vineyards in Sonoma Valley, California and Chateau Fonplegade in Bordeaux, France. Over the last ten years he has also conducted study tours to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and France.

Between 1999 and 2005, Charles was cellar master for Graham Beck Wines in Franschhoek where he worked his own special magic on his favourite varieties: Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. At the end of 2005, Charles was appointed as cellar master at De Grendel in Durbanville. De Grendel belongs to the Graaff family and is one of the better known farms in Cape Town.

Charles says: “The two things that really fascinate me about wine is the influence of soil and climate (site) and also the finances involved in the production of wine.”

Click here to book a table at our wine tasting evening with De Grendel Wines. Or email reservations@kievitskroon.co.za, or call 0860 543 848.

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