We are happy to announce the curator for the December packs of #LIQUIDSOCIAL, Charla Haasbroek. Her curation has taken a melodic turn, and might we add that we are super excited to see your reactions to her packs, paired with some complementary tunes!
We asked her a few questions about life off the beaten track in Malgas, and how this Jozi girl was introduced to the world of wine. Read more below:
1. How did you get introduced to the world of wine?
I am born and bred Johannesburg, and when It came to deciding what to do after school, winemaking was definitely NOT top of the list.
(what does a high school Jozi girl, who can not drink, know about wine?) In my last year of school, I went on an engineering course and after that, we went to Knysna and stumbled upon a shop where a man was explaining how to make wine and the chemistry behind it. I still clearly remember how I thought I love chemistry and art and how this was such a beautiful combination of the two. Needless to say, my parents were not convinced by this choice, but said I get one chance at University… and here I am 11 years later and I used my one chance, and I am not looking back.
2. How did you get started at Sijnn?
I worked at Schoon deCompanje (Oude bank bakkerij) in Stellenbosch, managing their wine shop and making some wine. We sold Sijnn there and I always thought it was such a pioneering project, but never imagined working there. I left Schoon and went for a harvest in California and in the last month of the harvest I was looking for the next thing I could do, and I saw an ad for Sijnn assistant. I applied, had a skype interview with David, and here I am, 4 years later.
3. What advice would you give others who want to be a winemaker or work in the wine industry?
Cliche as it sounds, hard work pays off. Time, energy and passion.
4. What do you love most about the world of wine?
The amazing places one gets to see and how each estate, big or small, and each wine, bold or light, has a story.
5. Any specific wine or variety you’re raving about at the moment?
Living in South Africa that is a very tough question, we have such diverse wines and cultivars that differ from site to site. Moving to summer I guess the lighter styled, cooler reds are definitely ‘in’. I’m also very excited to be planting some Assyrtiko , hopefully in the next two years, and seeing what that variety can do in South African soils.