Year Qualified : 2000
His CWM research project was “Great Wines are Grown in the Vineyard”, which looked at the natural influences which affect both vine and resultant wine quality. Chris maintains a strong interest in the interplay between natural influences (e.g. climate soil and rocks) and how this interacts with terroir and wine production. He has published several papers and articles detailing the interplay between geology and wine in South Africa. Chris has also presented papers at geological conferences where geology and wine sessions have become a popular theme.
One area of current interest is the UK wine industry where there has been a dramatic increase in the number of new vineyards planted and the quality wines being produced, English sparkling wines now rank alongside Champagne in terms of quality. This is in part due to climate change where warmer temperatures and changes in weather patterns over the last two decades mean grape cultivars such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can now ripen sufficiently for sparkling wine production on a routine basis.
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- Geology as a component of vineyard terroir in the Western Cape province, South Africa (35th IGC, Cape Town, 2016)
- Geology and Wine in South Africa (Geoscientist, April 2005)
- Geology, climate and wine Quality (The Geological Society of SA, March 2004)
- Geology and wine production in South Africa (Geoscience Canada, December 2003)
Great wines are grown in the vineyard