The man in the cellar

June 17th, 2011

It’s time to put names to the faces behind the seamless workings at Babylonstoren in a series of interviews with the team. Today, we meet Charl Coetzee, our winemaker and social media enthusiast.

Tell us a bit about your working enviroment at Babylonstoren.

I work in the cellar which is more or less an industrial type environment, with the benefit of being in the countryside, surrounded by tanks and barrels  full of wine!

What does a typical day at Babylonstoren hold for you?

I usually start out with my assistant winemaker, Wian, drinking a cup of coffee, and planning for the day. Afterwards, I’m at my laptop for a while,  answering emails, doing admin, and also managing our website and social media.

Every day there is physical work to do in the cellar, as well as a couple of meetings to attend. And then, of course, being a wine maker I have to taste my wine all the time, and once a month, the Babylonstoren staff join me at the cellar for an after work wine tasting.

What’s your favourite part of the day at work?

The morning coffee before the day starts!

If you could take an hour’s break somewhere at Babylonstoren, where would you go?

I think I’d either be on the deck of the wooden boathouse at the dam, or I’d go to the highest part of the farm in the south corner on our farm.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

Well…if I tell you then people will know! But I guess I can reveal that I am really scared of thunder!

What makes you happy that you work at Babylonstoren?

I feel very fortunate to be part of a really innovative and stimulating team of people.  I also like the fact that working here really challenges you to think outside the box and gives you the opportunity to let the creative juices flow.  I also get a lot of exposure to a lot of things that I have never been exposed to previously in my life!

What’s coming up next that you’re excited about?

Lots and lots of stuff! All our wines in the cellar, developing, and we’ve just started to look at different kinds of bottles, labels and other packaging. We are working on our future wine shop, where we will sell Simonsberg wines.  We are working on the plans of our future distillery, and we’re eagerly awaiting our glasshouse to arrive from France. That’s just a few things happening around here, but really, working at Babylonstoren means there’s something to get excited about every new day!

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