Blaauwklippen Winemaker Narina Cloete Portrait

Meet Narina Cloete
Winemaker at Blaauwklippen

“Making premium wines that express the cultivar characteristics and Stellenbosch terroir challenges one as a winemaker. It creates an interesting difference and drinking experience in our wine range.” 

 

Narina Cloete has been the winemaker at Blaauwklippen since June 2016. She graduated with an Honours BSc Agriculture (Oenology) cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch and has completed harvests at Glen Carlou Vineyards, Dornier Wines, AA Badenhorst Family Wines and Stellenzicht Wine Estate. 

She joined Quoin Rock Winery in 2008 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to winemaker from 2010 until 2014. She serves on various wine judging panels including the South African Young Wine Show, FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Vintners Classification, Blaauwklippen Blending Competition, Veritas Awards and the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. She also judged in Spain at the 2018 Zarcillo International Wine Competition.  

Narina loves expressing her creative side through winemaking and strives to create wines that expresses the terroir of the vines and to give the consumer the chance to experience Stellenbosch and South Africa through Blaauwklippen’s wines.