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Meet the Winemaker
Riana van der Merwe
Seven Springs, South Africa

Born in Namaqualand, Riana studied at the University of Stellenbosch and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors in Science Agriculture, majoring in Oenology and Viticulture. She gained experience after graduating by working in various South African cellars, like, L’Ormarins, Seidelberg, Hidden Valley and Backsberg. She also has some international wineries under her belt, with a season at Stonestreet Winery, California in 2007 and Domaine Francois Villard, Northern Rhone, France in 2008.

In 2010 Riana came to Seven Springs, highly recommended by Backsberg‘s winemaker, Guillaume Nell, who is also a friend of Seven Springs owners Tim and Vaughan. In the winter of 2010 Riana did another season in the USA, at Aldelsheim Vineyard in Oregon, where they specialize in Pinot Noir. One of Riana’s referees, Louis Nel, winemaker at Hidden Valley Wines, sums up this talented young lady by saying – “In this time Riana has proven herself to be a remarkable employee. She is extremely passionate about winemaking, hard working, uses her own initiative to keep busy and adds maximum value to the cellar at all times. She is very dependable and trustworthy and is a great asset to the company“. High praise indeed from a highly respected winemaker.

Riana is making some beautiful wines for Seven Springs and is learning all the time.

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