Jeremy grew up on Kanonkop Wine Estate and always wanted to become a winemaker.
In 1998, with assistance from Kanonkop, he became the first African to matriculate from the acclaimed Boland Agricultural High School near Paarl. Soon afterwards he joined Kanonkop and, in 2003, won the Patrick Grubb Bursary, which gives people from previously disadvantaged communities a chance to gain international experience in some of the finest wineries in the world.
For nearly six months he visited Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in the Douro valley of Portugal, where port wines under the renowned Burmester label are made. Arries has since finished three diploma courses in senior cellar management and various courses in viticulture. He is currently taking maths classes to enable him to enrol at the University of Stellenbosch for a BSc degree in viniculture and viticulture.
Arries is the assistant winemaker at Kanonkop, but hopes one day to produce wine himself that can hold its own against the big five of France.
Lunch Spot: The Red Leaf, Beyerskloof, Stellenbosch