Longridge Wine Estate, one of the leading estates in organic and biodynamic winemaking in South Africa, is situated in the Stellenbosch region on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range.
The Longridge Team
Heading the team is Jasper Raats, who has been a winegrowing consultant since 2006. He has worked in this capacity in various regions and countries and has a passion for organic and bio-dynamic growing.
With his winemaker wife, Sally, he also started Koru Wines in New Zealand and his two single vineyard wines became very sought-after in a relatively short time and the most expensive Marlborough wines of their type, receiving incredible international acclaim.
Going further back, he founded the successful Raats Family Wines with his brother and after working at acclaimed Vérité in California also worked in Burgundy, Pouilly Fume and Sancerre, before taking charge of the then up and coming Sumaridge near Hermanus.
In 2003 Jasper extended his international career by joining the Henri Bourgeois team as viticulturist and winemaker at their pioneering project in New Zealand. Clos Henri quickly jumped to the top list of producers in Marlborough.
Hendrien De Munck
Hendrien studied BSc. Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch and is our smiling winemaker. After a stint at Morgenhof, she worked a vintage at La Crema in California, focusing on Chardonnay. Her experience with this widely popular grape, served her well when she joined Longridge in 2009. She furthered her training by once again working with great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but this time at internationally well-regarded Louis Latour in Burgundy.
Hendrien is vital to our winemaking efforts and the day-to-day organization of our winery is safe in her efficient hands.
Longridge Restaurant’s Executive Chef is Maritz Jacobs, as our new Executive Chef. A native from Namibia and later Pretoria, he completed a two year Swiss Hotel Management Course after Matric under the watchful eye of well-known hospitality figure Jürg Vontobel who instilled in Maritz many core values about food and service. Since then he has impressed fellow chefs, patrons, critics and fans with his culinary flair which was honed by his time in illustrious kitchens such as that of Ruben’s, Ruben’s @ One&Only and more recently Boschendal. While he has shown great success as a fine dining chef, Maritz is greatly inspired by elegant cuisine styles that showcase the beauty and flavour of a dish’s core ingredients. He also values the intrinsic and organic value of creating dishes in its most basic form. With Longridge’s commitment to and passion for organic and biodynamic principles, Maritz is truly a wonderful asset to our team.