Warm and engaging, Thys is your quintessential all-round nice guy from the country. Originally from Moorreesburg, after the army he went to Elsenberg to study.
He started off in farm management, but realized soon enough that he preferred to work with wine, rather than livestock. After ten years with KWV, he joined Robertson Winery in 2011 and immediately felt at home in the small town community.
“There’s no hassles, no problems. People here are close and get more involved with each other than elsewhere.”
When he is not living, breathing and thinking wine, Thys is a keen gardener and hiker. His specialty at Robertson Winery is the red wines, running the show for the main Robertson “Oval” range from receiving the grapes, fermenting, maturation on oak, blending and (the fun part), tasting. His favourite varietals are Shiraz and Pinotage. “Shiraz is easy to work with to get the fruit expression and the oak in balance. Pinotage differs every year. Sometimes it’s hard work, sometimes it makes it easy for you.” His tastes are all about the reds with his favourites being the Single Vineyards Prospect Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, the Robertson Shiraz and the Fat Bastard Shiraz, though he is interested in making a Cabernet/Shiraz/Petit Verdot blend further down the road.
We believe wine making is a natural process. Since different styles of wine vary greatly in their soil and climatic requirements, our accomplished cellar master, Bowen Botha, believes that the desired style should determine the choice of vineyard. Adhering to a philosophy of minimal handling and gentle pressing in order to capture the natural flavours of the fruit in the wine, Bowen and his inspired team of winemakers gently guide the transformation process to craft wines of exceptional quality and individuality.