Le Lude Estate, a leading producer of prestigious Cap Classique wines, has announced the appointment of Kalissa de Kok as winemaker as from July 2023.
Kalissa’s fascination with the meticulous art of crafting Cap Classique was sparked during her studies at the esteemed Elsenburg Agricultural College, from where she holds a Bachelor of Agriculture, Cellar Technology, and Cellar Management. Her final year at the college saw her collaborating closely with Cap Classique masters in the industry, solidifying her dedication to the traditional method of sparkling wine production.
Kalissa honed her skills through harvest experiences at various cellars in the Western Cape. She takes up the mantle from outgoing winemaker Francois Joubert, and has embraced the role of crafting award-winning wines with enthusiasm and determination.
“Le Lude recognises the potential of young South African winemakers and their innovative approach to winemaking. The decision to entrust Kalissa with this significant responsibility reflects the estate’s commitment to nurturing the new generation of winemaking talent and our belief in her exceptional work ethic and potential,” said Le Lude owner Ferda Barrow.
Kalissa expressed her excitement about the new challenge. “There is a big journey ahead for me, and I look forward to continuing the Estate’s record for excellency and innovation during my time at Le Lude.”