Grenache, Vriesenhof, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2014
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winemaking & rugby legend – social conscience – Pinot Noir specialists
Jan Boland Coetzee is revered in South Africa for his success in two very different careers. He is a Springbok legend, having played against the British Lions in 1974 among many other highlights in a sparkling rugby career.
However simultaneously, Jan was building a reputation on the South African wine scene. Having graduated in oenology and viticulture from the University of Stellenbosch, he learned his trade under the tutelage of various winemakers before acquiring the Vriesenhof estate in 1980.
Since that point, his reputation for producing complex, well-structured wines that speak for their unique terroirs has grown exponentially. From his hilltop vineyards that sit above False Bay, Jan cultivates rugged Pinotage bush vines, along with Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir – a varietal which he fell in love with during time spent in Burgundy.
Alongside the strides he has made in the wine world, Jan is also respected for his contribution to the social upliftment of vineyard staff, in conjunction with who he has become involved with new housing projects and the construction of local sports facilities.