The science of winemaking is known as ‘oenology’ and the fermentation process of turning the grapes into wine is known as ‘vinification’, and is an industry usually associated with exclusivity and prestige, however a new generation of winemakers like Tariro are helping to change the perceptions attracting new audiences in the process. A science graduate turned winemaker Tariro’s passion for winemaking started when he worked as a laboratory analyst for Mukuyu Winery, a Zimbabwean winery based in Marondera. Encouraged by Mukuyu’s then winemaker Tariro began his first steps into winemaking and soon made the decision to go back to university to qualify as a winemaker, with the dream of returning home to Zimbabwe to become winemaker at Mukuyu Winery. However the day before sitting his final exam a phone call led to a meeting that would change his destiny and upon graduating spent three years at Fleur du Cap as an assistant winemaker, before joining Nederburg where he has now been for six years is in charge of a portfolio of approximately 25 white wines. Sharing his love of the winemaking process, the Zimbabwean winemaker runs a blog with some interesting insights into what goes into creating a new vintage.
…and; if you do decide to enjoy a glass of Nederburg, please remember to drink responsibly