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Meet Our Winemaker

The young and ambitious Joshua Van Blommestein has been newly appointed as Manley Wine Lodge Estate Wine’s new winemaker.

Joshua, although still relatively new to the industry is joining Manley Wine Lodge with two years under his belt working as assistant winemaker to Dewaldt Heyns, Cellar Master of Saronsberg Wine Cellar and member of the prestigious Cape Wine Makers Guild. During his time spent at Saronsberg Joshua was taught the importance of attention to detail and meticulously working with one's hands when it came to the harvesting and preparation of the grapes right down to the actual wine making process.

Joshua brings with him a passion for red wine with Shiraz being one of his favorites. Joshua says “Shiraz is an elegant wine and one we can have fun within the wine making process.”

Joshua studied at Elsenberg College, the oldest wine college in the Western Cape, where he obtained a degree in Oenology and Viticulture. During his studies, he was given the opportunity to travel the wine regions of France and experience the wine culture and historical harvesting and wine making process in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone.
Joshua is a passionate and enthusiastic young winemaker with a love for red wine and the Tulbagh region. He says “I am looking forward to creating the 2020 vintages and putting the Manley Estate Wine’s on the map.”

Manley Wine Lodge is thrilled to have Joshua on the team and are looking forward to fantastic 2020 vintages as well as all the changes he has planned.

Our Awards

Pinotage 2003 2004 Absa top 10 Pinotage Awards Top 10 Trophy
Pinotage 2005 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Gold
Pinotage 2006 International Wine Challange Silver
Pinotage 2006 John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Pinotage 2009 Decanter Awards Silver
Pinotage 2009 Michelangelo Wine Awards Silver
Pinotage 2011 ABSA TOP 10 Pinotage Awards Top 10 Trophy
Pinotage 2014 ABSA Top 20 Pinotage Awards Top 20 Trophy
Pinotage 2014 2018 Michelangelo Wine awards Double Gold
Shiraz 2005 International Wine Challenge Silver
Shiraz 2005 John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Shiraz 2007 Michelangelo Awards Silver
Shiraz 2007 John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Shiraz 2008 John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Shiraz 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Shiraz 2010 Decanter Awards Bronze
Merlot 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Merlot 2010 Decanter Awards Silver
Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Wine Magazine Bordeaux Challange Top 10
Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 John Platter Wine Guide 4 Stars
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 International Wine Challange Silver
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bronze
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Decanter Awards Bronze
Thatch House Red 2009 Wine Magazine Best Value Award