Steeped in the history of 17th-century winemaking, Jessica’s forefathers made “sour” wine for the Emperor of Austria. It became her vocation to redeem her family’s reputation in wine and so, after a gap year working locally and internationally in vineyards, she completed a BSc Oenology and Viticulture degree at Stellenbosch University.
She started Saurwein part-time in 2015. After having a baby in October 2017, she resigned from her job to become a mother and full-time winemaker for her own brand. Today she focusses on handcrafting her two favourite cultivars, Pinot Noir and Riesling, and makes three wines under the Saurwein brand name, two Pinot Noirs and one Riesling.