Year Qualified : 1988
After practical training at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl, Lynne completed a German state qualification at Weinsburg Estate Institute close to Heilbronn in Oenology and Viticulture.
In 1988, Lynne passed the Cape Wine Master examinations and in 1993 passed the Master of Wine examination in London. Her research project for Cape Wine Master was titled “Cabernet Sauvignon today and into the 1990’s”.
Lynne grew up in the hotel trade in South Africa, and then worked at Stellenbosch Farmers Winery and Nederburg in all facets of production, wine buying, marketing and export. In 1985, she spent nine months on a French Government sponsored bursary to study the wine regions of France. Between 1990 and 1991, she headed up the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Academy, training trade and consumers in the British Wine and Spirit Education Trust Wine Courses. In 1991 Lynne became Commercial Manager, then Commercial Director of Vinfruco, finally exporting 1 million cases of South African wine into Europe.
Since 2000, Lynne has been an independent wine consultant based in London.
Cabernet Sauvignon today and into the 1990s