|University||Stellenbosch University B.Sc (Agric) Viticulture and Plant Pathology played Maties water polo.|
Live in Stellenbosch and married to Mandy, 3 sons Matt (11), Ben (9) and Luke (3)
Graduated from Stellenbosch University with a B.Sc (Agric) majoring in Plant Pathology and Entomology. After completing military service in the SA Navy got a job in St Emillion at Chateaux l’Angelus in 1992 as a cellar hand. This sparked an interest in a possible career in the wine industry and decided to return to university to study further, this time majoring in Viticulture. After completion of studies, started work at Thelema as viticulturist (5 years) before moving to Tokara in 2001. Wine related travels include trips to Australia, New Zealand, California, and Europe.
Winegrowing philosophy: Great winegrowing begins with choosing the right sites on which to plant vineyards. I think Tokara’s three properties are perfectly suited to produce world class wines that will unmistakably express these individual terroirs. We subscribe to innovative precision viticultural practices in our efforts to produce the best possible fruit from each vineyard. Our long term goals are to keep our vineyards virus free, maintain sustainable farming practices, and constantly find ways of optimizing each vineyard’s potential. The winemaker’s role should be the vinification of our viticultural efforts.
Aidan is also responsible for the farming of the olive groves at Tokara.
Interests outside of the wine industry include among others sailing, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking.