Dry Extract Interview: Johan Reyneke, Reyneke Wines, South Africa

Johan Reyneke, Reyneke Wines

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Johan Reyneke, Reyneke Wines

Johan Reyneke, Reyneke Wines

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Johan Reyneke runs Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, and is one of South Africa’s pioneers in biodynamic farming. In fact, his were the first vineyards to be certified biodynamic in South Africa. Social justice is as important as environmental awareness, but more importantly, his wines are delicious. 

The best advice I ever got

“Surround yourself with people better than you."

My life motto

Nil magnum nisi bonum. There can be no greatness without goodness. 

I am currently reading

“Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda. 

My most played music track

“Train” by Younger Brother 

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A marine biologist 

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 

To be able to play the guitar. 

My favourite kind of exercise

Surfing 

I relax while

Doing exercise 

I collect

T-shirts 

My essential newspaper/magazine

Zig Zag (surf mag) 

My desert-island wine

A cold beer 

I have learnt a lot from

My Mom 

My last meal and sip will be

A healthy wrap and a juice that contains fruits and berries.