Cellar Master and Managing Director, Longridge Wine Estate, South Africa
Jasper Raats is shareholder, Cellar Master and Managing Director of Longridge Wine Estate, as well as partner in Vigneron Consulting, an International consulting business. Jasper has established himself as one of the most talented winemakers from South Africa and first gained prominence for wines he created in New Zealand. In 2003, he started working as viticulturist and winemaker at New Zealand’s Clos Henri in the Marlborough region, developing a new vineyard and making wine for French Company, Henri Bourgeois. During this period, he also started Koru Wines, which became one of New Zealand’s top and most expensive wines. His international experience includes working in Burgundy, Pouilly Fume, Sancerre and in Napa and Sonoma under Pierre Seillan, the genial French creator of Vérité Wines.