Every year, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture offers previously disadvantaged individuals from the wine and cheese-making industries an exciting opportunity to gain experience in Burgundy, France through their Burgundy Exchange Programme.
This year, 80 people entered for the programme, with just 6 selected through the rigorous application process. We are delighted that Roelien Harolds, an employee of Waterkloof for the past seven years, was amongst the six talented individuals chosen!
Roelien began her career at Waterkloof as a vineyard worker. Her passion, determination and work ethic were recognised today she is cellar and lab assistant, working closely with Cellar Master Nadia Barnard and the Waterkloof winemaking team. But, her determination doesn’t stop there – Roelien dreams of making her own wine one day. As part of this exchange experience, she’ll be immersed in the practices of viticulture and oenology, wine processing techniques and wine chemistry – all very much in line with her goals!
She departs for Burgundy, France on Thursday 30 August and will spend four weeks working in a cellar in Beaune. Bon voyage et bonne chance, Roelien!