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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 the assistant winemaker to Dewaldt Heyns, Cellar Master of Saronsberg Wine Cellar and renowned 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 winemaking 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 winemaking process.”

Joshua studied at Elsenburg 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 winemaking 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 latest vintages and putting the Manley Estate wines on the map.”

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