A tale of a Tesselaarsdaller

The present and the Future

Fifteen years after starting my career in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Anthony Hamilton Russell offered me the wonderful opportunity to I join the rest of the Hemel-en-Aarde area as a producer. Today, with the expert assistance of Hamilton Russell Vineyards wine maker, Emul Ross and the Hamilton Russell Vineyards team, I wholly own Tesselaarsdal Wines.

Grape purchases are secured with Babylon Vineyards, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge (unirrigated vineyards)—until Tesselaarsdal’s vineyards is secured and ready for harvest. I will focus production on Pinot noir as our climate and soil type is best suited for this cultivar.

The past

I grew up in a small village called Tesselaarsdal, situated 24 km North East of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, in the Overberg region. Tesselaarsdal has a unique history: in 1810, Johannes Tesselaar bequeathed his farmland to his servants and slaves. I named my wine Tesselaarsdal to honour that legacy.

I initially joined Hamilton Russell Vineyards in February 2001 as an au pair. I was 19. I soon moved to an administrative position on the estate, involved in the export, labelling and warehousing of its wines.

Experiencing so many aspects of the business, I became curious about winemaking, the delicate process from grape to bottle, the layered wine culture—living the excitement of each harvest.

Achievements and Awards

Nominated & Shortlisted

South African Premier Business Awards 2016

Hosted by Department of Trade and Industry

Winner

#YAFF Awards Agri-Processing

Youth in Agriculture hosted by Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

Winner

Top Female Entrepreneur

Youth in Agriculture hosted by Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

Winner

Special Minister’s Award

Youth in Agriculture hosted by Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries