Waterkloof winemaker Nadia Barnard
Waterkloof, a biodynamic marvel on the outskirts of the Helderberg
Winelands, celebrated for its elegant wines and passionate commitment to
sustainable wine farming ethics, has appointed a new winemaker who is
everything but a newcomer to this conservation-minded estate, the young
and vibrant Nadia Barnard.
“A combination of destiny and good judgement brought me to the wine
industry and ultimately to Waterkloof and it is here were I have learned
the true aspects of quality vines and wines and realised, that to live
and work in harmony with nature is to acknowledge, respect and promote
its intrinsic value,” says Nadia.
“I firmly believe in the
biodynamic and organic philosophies of Waterkloof. I have been here
since the cellar opened its doors in 2009, and today, after five years
working here as Assistant Winemaker, I can truly say that I know every
square inch of vineyard on the farm like the palm of my hand and the
amazing potential that lies within them,” adds this new cellar guardian
who chooses to discover Mother Nature’s helpings hands-on.
matriculating from Bloemhof High School in Stellenbosch, Nadia followed
her dream of becoming a winemaker and graduated with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Agriculture (BSc Agric) specialising in Viticulture
and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch.
search of a great challenge, Nadia has had an eclectic training as a
winemaker with experience in many top Cape and international wineries
which include an internship at Vergelegen Estate and a stint at
Flagstone Winery. Her pursuit of quality winemaking also landed her
harvest internships at Balnaves of Goonawarra, a small family-owned wine
company in South Australia; Koru Wines and Moutere Hills in New
Zealand, and Domaine La Roche and the Rhône valley in France, where she
gained valuable knowledge in terroir variation and the crafting of
diverse wine styles.
“Sauvignon blanc and Shiraz are
unequivocally my two most favourite grape varieties to experiment with
and my favourite Waterkloof wine is the Circumstance Syrah 2009, which
speaks of elegance and femininity,” shares Nadia, an avid animal lover
who reckons the best time of day at Waterkloof is at six in the morning,
when the farm comes to life and all its animals rise and shine, eager
to get trotting and tilling and take bio-dynamic farming in their
With idyllic terroir and wines of vitality, which have a
truly defining sense of origin, on top of her priority list, Nadia has
certainly found her match at Waterkloof.
“Albeit somewhat of a
cliché, my winemaking philosophy is one of minimal intervention. Fine
wine is made in the vineyards. Just apply meticulous care and guidance
and you can just let the wine make itself,” explains Nadia who expresses
a real love for Waterkloof’s natural winemaking process.
travelling and the outdoors are three of her biggest passions in life.
When Nadia is not hard at work she enjoys spending time with friends or
exploring the road less travelled with her mountain bike.
For more information on Nadia and her Waterkloof wines contact the estate at
Tel: 021 858 1292 or visit www.waterkloofwines.co.za
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