In Memoriam, Year Qualified : 2007
Andy Mitchell Wines has been a garagiste producer since 2003 when they built a new home, including a micro-cellar in Greyton. Since then they have produced a Syrah every year with grapes bought in from the Helderberg and a Rosé from Shiraz.
In 1999, they both started studying at the CWA and completed the Diploma course in 2001. Andrew continued with his CWM studies in 2002 and graduated in 2007. His dissertation topic was “Wood alternatives – a substitute for barrels, or merely an economical flavourant?”
Between making wine and sail making, Andy spends a lot of time sailing with clients on racing and cruising yachts as well as participating in regattas. Annual holidays are spent travelling to wine producing countries around the world, with his area of special interest being the Rhône Valley in France. On retirement, they intend expanding their wine making activities.
(Andy sadly passed away in June 2014)
Wood alternatives: a substitute for barrels, or merely an economical flavourant?