Year Qualified : 2009
In 2000, she graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture: Viticulture & Oenology. Then 2 gap years followed – working on and off in London as a wine guide at Vinopolis Wine Museum near London Bridge and also doing harvests at Chateau de la Colline (Bergerac, France); Verite (Sonoma, California) and Terreno (Tuscany, Italy).
Back in SA, she obtained some experience as winemaker at Fort Simon, Sentinel and Delheim before starting her career as winemaker at Lyngrove in 2006. Lyngrove is the flagship range of Baarsma SA.
During this time, she started her studies at the Cape Wine Academy and graduated as Cape Wine Master in 2009 after completing her thesis on the subject “The effect of wine on the dental health of consumers”.
Currently Danielle serves on the tasting panels for Veritas, SA Young Wine Show, SA Wine & Spirit Board, Watter-wyn-panel (Wynland magazine) and is a qualified Pinotage judge.
When she is not making wine, she has 3 tasting groups on the side, makes a garage wine with some friends, loves travelling through Africa and has the important task of raising her son as a wine lover. Danielle is passionate about wine, constantly in the company of a glass of wine and feels it is a privilege to combine your beloved hobby with your job.
The effect of wine on the dental health of consumers