Four Oenology & Cellar Technology students at Elsenburg Agricultural College - Kiara Scott, Clayton Christians and Danielle Jacobs from the Western Cape, and Mahalia Matshete from Gauteng – have been awarded study bursaries by the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust.
The Cape Winemakers Guild Billy Hofmeyr SETA Bursary Programme provides students with financial support during their final year of study, after which they can apply to the Guild’s three year Protégé Programme.
Kiara Scott, from Strandfontein, Mitchells Plain, has been passionate about wine from a young age, and loves how nature and man can work together to make a great and yet diverse product.
“I am a very inquisitive person and will always aspire to do and know more. I believe I can bring new and innovative ideas to the wine industry while preserving its simplicity and authenticity.” Kiara hopes to work with some of the best winemakers in the industry and to travel abroad to experience harvests in different winemaking regions of the world.
DRIVE FOR SUCCESS
With a strong work ethic and a drive for success, Clayton Christians of Cloetesville, Stellenbosch, would like to become a winemaker at a well-respected wine estate: “I would like to be able to craft and produce quality wines, invent new methods of improving wine quality, aromas and longevity, and make it possible for consumers to enjoy not only a world-class wine, but one that will suit their budget.”
Danielle Jacobs hails from Kleinbron Park, Brackenfell, and aims to set herself apart from the rest in the winemaking industry: “My goal is also to be in a position where I am able to educate other young, aspiring winemakers.” With previous work experience in the industry and an enthusiasm for winemaking, Danielle wants to develop her own style of wine with the knowledge that she gains through her studies.
Born and raised in the dusty streets of Vosloorus, a township in the East Rand, Mahalia Matshete has always wanted to work outdoors with nature and have a career that blends chemistry, microbiology and horticulture. Winemaking was the perfect fit for her as she understands the importance of dedication, determination and hard work. Mahalia dreams of becoming one of South Africa’s leading female winemakers: “I want my contributions to the wine industry to help South Africa continue to be a world class wine producing country.”
This is the sixth year the Guild offers students bursaries. After completing their final year and graduating, these aspiring winemakers will be able to apply for the 3-year internship with the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme. This is a great opportunity for the students to gain insight into the winemaking industry and will give them the opportunity to work alongside some of the county’s best winemakers who are members of the Guild.
The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme was launched in 2006 with the support of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Trust. It plays an active role in the transformation of the industry to ensure its long term health and sustainability by cultivating, nurturing and empowering promising individuals to become winemakers of excellence.
Students interested in applying for the Protégé Programme can visit the Guild’s website.