Jacques comes from a family dedicated to viticulture which is where his passion for winemaking and vineyard development were firmly entrenched. After completing his BSc. Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch he carried out his practical internship at Bergkelder. He has also undertaken harvests in France and has travelled to the wine regions in Europe to broaden his horizons.
After gaining practical experience at the Bergkelder and Annandale Wine Estate, Jacques became Assistant Winemaker at Zevenwacht, a position he held until 2005 when he took charge of the Zevenwacht Cellars.
Jacques uses his creative flair in the winemaking process but is the first to acknowledge his Assistant Winemaker Charles and their small, skilled cellar team with the regular accumulation of awards. He keeps an open mind on developing new vineyards and winemaking techniques without restricting his focus to any single varietal.
Jacques has built up a highly regarded wine brand for Zevenwacht and under the mentorship of consultant, Chris Keet, has recently introduced the Z Collection - a small quantity of top quality wines - namely a Bordeaux style white and red blend.