Jeremy Arries


Jeremy grew up on a wine estate and knew he wanted to be a winemaker.

Now he works at one of South Africa’s most exclusive wine cellars, Kanonkop. In 2003, Jeremy won the Patrick Grubb bursary, awarded at the annual Nederburg Auction. The bursary gives people from previously disadvantaged communities a chance to gain international experience in some of the finest wineries in the world.

He visted Quinta Nova De Nossa Senhora Do Carma, in the Douro valley of Portugal, for nearly six weeks. This is where port wines under the renowned Burmester label are made. Jeremy started off his education in wine at the Boland Agriculture School, where he learnt the basics of farming. After school he received the opportunity to work at Kanonkop as a laboratory technician. In the same year, he started studying the workings of a wine cellar at the Eisenberg Old Boys Association at the Elsenburg. He finished these courses last year.

In 2002, he was promoted to assistant winemaker at Kanonkop. But he realises that he still needs more training to be at the top of the wine game and last year he enrolled in the Vineyard Academy to study viticulture. His future plans involve creating a top-class wine that can compete with the best in the world and win.

Lunch Spot: Moyo, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch