Archive for February 4th, 2010

Part three of my Stellenbosch three-parter was spent at Thelema Mountain Vineyards with General Manager Thomas Webb, son of the owners Gyles and Barbara Webb.

The estate, situated on the Helshoogte Pass just outside of the city of Stellenbosch, was purchased in 1983 by Gyles Webb and family.  Gyles was an accountant until one day he decided to drop what he was doing and become a winemaker.  So he studied winemaking at Stellenbosch University and then spent some time working for various producers in South Africa and abroad, before purchasing the Thelema estate.  Today Gyles and his wife Barbara manage the estate along with his sister-in-law Jenny de Tolly.  Gyles also works as the Cellarmaster, in charge of winemaking.  Quick linguistic note … “Cellarmaster” is typically used in lieu of “Winemaker” in South Africa.  In other words, whereas in the US and France you’d have a Cellarmaster working under the Winemaker, in South Africa they are one in the same. (more…)

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