JD PRETORIUS

WHAT SKILL HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DEVELOP?

To speak French.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST WINES THAT YOU HAVE TASTED?

Champagne Salon

 

WHO IS YOUR WINEMAKING HERO, AND WHY?

There many great names that have influenced the way I think about wine, but the number onse spot will have to go to Didier Daganau, he was the first winemaker to really champion Sauvignon Blanc and make world class wines that could stand up to any variety in the world. 

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT IN YOUR JOB?

When I fell of the press and cracked a rib and got concussed, while pressing Semillon. Ok, it was funny afterwards…

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD MATCH TO THE WINES OF STEENBERG?

Nebbiolo and seared duck breast works unbelievable well. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Being creative and crafting a wine over a period of time and then getting to share that joy with others. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY?

Sharing great champagne with my wife somewhere on an island.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT?

Foodbarn

 

WHAT SKILL HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DEVELOP?

I've always wanted to learn to speak French

 

WHAT IS YOUR TIPPLE, WHEN NOT DRINKING WINE?

Local craft beers or good whiskey.

 

WHAT IS A GREAT MOMENT FOR YOU?

Is when the first grapes come in to the cellar, the excitement is incredible. 

 

LOOKING BACK, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CAREER HIGHLIGHT?

When I was asked to judge at the Concours Du Sauvignon in Bordeaux in 2010.

 

WHAT IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE THAT YOU ADMIRE MOST?

Kanonkop Paul Sauer, I think it is our most icon red wine and has been so for the last 30 years

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Chocolate

 

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

To create world class wines that will hang around even when I’m not here to show them to people anymore. To create a wine that is timeless.  

 

WHAT WOULD YOU GRAB IF YOUR PRIVATE CELLAR CAUGHT FIRE?

Champagne

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE VARIETALS TO WORK WITH?

Sauvignon blanc and Semillon, I think they are made for each other