| Berene Sauls | Owner: Tesselaarsdal Wines
Berene grew up in a small village called Tesselaarsdal situated North East of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, in the Overberg region. Tesselaarsdal has a unique history where East India Company settler, Johannes Tesselaar, left his land to his freed slaves to farm upon his death in 1810. After completing school she joined Hamilton Russell Vineyards in February 2001 as an au pair. She then moved to an administrative position dealing with logistics and exports. Here she became interested in the many aspects of the business and the delicate process from grape to bottle, the layers of wine culture and the excitement of each harvest. Fifteen years after starting her career in the Hemel-en-Aarde she was given the opportunity to start her own wine business with the assistance of Hamilton Russell’s winemaker, Emul Ross, and the vineyard team. Today Berene produces a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. She is planning to plant her own vineyards in Tesselaarsdal, Overberg, where she will continue to focus on these two varieties.