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Xander Grier is the first of the 4th generation of Griers to join the family business.  He is the son of extreme adventurer, inspirational speaker and Chef, David Grier.  Xander was born just after the Grier family purchased Villiera. He graduated in 2010 from Stellenbosch University (BSC Food Science). Before and during his studies he worked at Villiera and completed the Cape Wine Academy Certificate course.  He also worked as a chef, barman, gardener and lifeguard in SA, Mozambique and the USA. Before graduating Xander had already decided that he wanted to be a winemaker and decided the only way was lots of hands on practical work. He worked vintages at Villiera, the USA, Australia, Tasmania and Domaine Grier France. In 2013 he was a consulting winemaker at Highlands Road estate in Elgin and then joined La Vierge in the Hemel-en-Aarde for 3 vintages.  He moved to Villiera Wines as a full time winemaker in May 2017. In his spare time he can be found surfing, hiking or cooking up a storm.