ROGER BURTON

WHAT SKILL HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DEVELOP?

Creative writing. I want to write a book one day. 

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

I can’t remember what wine it was, but I tasted a Meursault in my twenties that blew me away. Otherwise I am a sucker for Cabernet Franc and Grenache Blanc. 

WHO IS YOUR WINEMAKING HERO, AND WHY?

Herman Kirschbaum, he taught me most of what I know, especially about getting the basics right, and how to keep learning as you get older.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT IN YOUR JOB?

Watching a friend in St Hallett (Australia) turn a full press with the door open and trying to get the grapes back in before being busted by the winemaker.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD MATCH TO CONSTANTIA ROYALE?

Seafood pasta at Harbour House. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Versatility. I love the farms and the people, and of course the wines!

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY?

Getting shipwrecked on an uninhabited island with lots of fresh water and fish, ala Robinson Crusoe style. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT?

Foodbarn.

WHAT IS YOUR TIPPLE, WHEN NOT DRINKING WINE?

Beer and G&T (boring like me).

WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST MOMENT?

Was when my daughter was born! It was completely unexpected and I had to go straight from the winery to the hospital on a Friday afternoon. She is still full of surprises and continues to fascinate me every day. 

 

LOOKING BACK, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CAREER HIGHLIGHT?

Getting a job in Constantia, the best grape valley!

WHAT IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE THAT YOU ADMIRE MOST?

Vin de Constance.

WHAT ARE YOUR GUILTY PLEASURES?

Craft Beer and cheesecake, in that order. Plus I think that A-HA is the best brand ever!

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Keeping creative energy flowing with all the extra admin winemakers have these days.

WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST MOMENT?

Finding God under the stars at Buitenverwachting, laying flat on my back in the carpark after a 22 hour shift. Crazy experience!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE VARIETALS TO WORK WITH?

Sauvignon Blanc for it’s aromatics and Chenin Blanc for it’s variety.