Christoff de Wet, formerly winemaker at Lutzville Vineyards, has recently joined the team at De Krans Wines as their new winemaker, taking over the reins from Louis van der Riet.
Born and bred in Stellenbosch surrounded by a growing wine fraternity, it soon became evident that it would become his career choice. After completing his schooling he embarked on a gap year, not for one year which is normally the case, but two years. During this time he worked in Sonoma (California) to gain additional experience before enrolling at Elsenburg upon his return, obtaining his diplomas in Oenology and Viticulture.
After his studies the ‘wine working travel bug’ was still persistent and he headed off to Australia and California, completing two harvests in one year. In 2010 he joined the team at Distell as Assistant Winemaker for the Bergkelder, and remained there for approximately eight years.
When he’s not in the vineyards or cellar you are bound to find Christoff hiking or camping. A keen sportsman tennis is one of his all-time favourite sports, and he has completed four Cape Town Cycle Tours.
Photo caption: Christoff de Wet