TAMMY CLAASEN PROFILE


The dynamic and enthusiastic Tammy Claasen, Fleur du Cap winemaker, owes her passion for wine to growing up at the foothills of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch and today together with her father and husband, share the wine industry as a career.

Tammy spent an idyllic childhood on a fruit farm, now wine farm, and from a young age knew she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. Whilst at a high school, a career day introduced her to the fascinating world of wine – before this moment she never knew that one could study to become a winemaker. She shadowed her father in the trade shortly after he entered the wine industry, and was instantly hooked!

She completed the BScAgric in Viticulture and Oenology degree at the University of Stellenbosch and it was during her final year harvesting at a local winery, that she realised she belonged in the cellar.

Her approach to winemaking is minimal intervention, guided by the quality of the fruit, and using old and new blended techniques in crafting exceptional wines. She thoroughly enjoys the versatility of working with Shiraz grapes and spent a few harvests at one of the top Shiraz producers in the world where her affinity for this varietal was sparked.

An avid reader, Tammy re-reads “The Alchemist” at the start of each new year to realign herself before the demanding year ahead and start of harvest. Guided by her favourite quote from the book, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”, she notes her goals for the year ahead and waits with anticipation they unfold.

When Tammy is not living her dream as a winemaker, she crafts scented natural candles and enjoys singing with her music loving family.


IN THE NEWS ARTICLES

Fleur du Cap Laszlo achieves coveted Double Gold Medal at Veritas 2018.

Fleur Du Cap receives an impressive ten awards at this year’s Veritas Wine Awards including a Double Gold for the Laszlo 2015.READ MORE…

Fleur du Cap Harvest 2015 – Quest for Regional Excellence pays off

The 2015 harvest has been hailed an excellent vintage and the earliest ever recorded by the current Fleur du Cap winemaking team at Die Bergkelder who search the length and breadth of the Western Cape to find the best grapes to craft their wines.

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Do the twist with Fleur du Cap Natural Light 2014

Make light work of your summer quaffer with Fleur du Cap Natural Light Chenin Blanc, now boasting a convenient new screw cap on the 2014 vintage. With its lower alcohol level of just 9,7%, a laid-back, sunny afternoon is just a twist away.

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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered wines flaunt new contemporary elegance

Upgrade your wine rack with Fleur du Cap Unfiltered wines when this premier range steps out with a stylish, refreshed look, making its debut with the new 2014 Sauvignon Blanc vintage.

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Get a Fleur du Cap Wine & Salt recipe book with tastings at Die Bergkelder

Join Fleur du Cap for a unique wine and salt tasting experience at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch and take home an insightful booklet with delicious recipes pairing these elegant wines to some of the world’s finest artisanal salts.

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Fleur du Cap Chardonnay wins Gold and Silver in France

Fleur du Cap has been ranked amongst the world’s finest Chardonnays as one of only two South African wines to receive a gold medal at the 2015 Chardonnay du Monde competition in Burgundy, France.

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