We, at Vriesenhof, are delighted to introduce Ursula Engelbrecht as our new receptionist and tasting room manager. Her journey to where she is today started in the vineyards, working hard and eager to learn. Her passion and dedication was soon noticed and she went from farmhand to cellar rat during harvest.
She quickly gained insight into the operations and techniques of winemaking, giving her a unique understanding of the complete process from the vine to the finished product in the bottle. Due to her diligence and hard work she was fortunate enough to join the Exchange programme for farmworkers to Burgundy in 2006 which allowed her to broaden her knowledge of winemaking.
After her return from Burgundy she volunteered to help out during wine festivals and soon realised that her true passion lies in the interaction with people. Her ability to explain the complete process of winemaking, coupled with the fact that she had a hand in every aspect of the wine lent an exciting aspect to her story. All these factors, along with her beautiful personality, makes her an ideal person to receive people at Vriesenhof and showcase our exquisite wines.
Ursula is also a member of “Woman in Wine” – a black owned wine producing company, controlled and managed exclusively by women. She is also a trustee of the Meerlust Workers Trust, which is part of MWT Investments (Pty) Ltd t/a Compagniesdrift – a black empowerment business, specialising in wine storage, bottling and labelling.
When not working, Ursula enjoys singing, dancing and reading a good book.
Our Tasting room is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 – 16:00 and on Fridays from 10:00 – 15:30