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Interview with Corlea Fourie. Winemaker at Bosman Wines, South Africa.

1- Name?

 Corlea Fourie

Winemaker. Corlea Fourie.

2- Occupation?

 Winemaker: Bosman Family Vineyards South Africa

3- How did you get into wine?

 My father grew up on a wine farm in the Northern Cape. With his travels as business man I mainly grew up in the Free State where wine in the 80`s was not that well known. My parents always had me taste some wines for Sunday lunch. I really have fond memories of that. Subsequently all my siblings came back to the Cape and got involved in the wine industry. Those Sunday lunch tastings really paid off – my dad`s cellar is stacked!

4- What is your favourite grape?

 Just one? Chenin Blanc

5- What is your favourite wine?

 I have a favorite every other day – according to the occasion and the mood. That’s why wine is so fascinating. No one wine could ever be my ultimate favorite. So at the moment it is Snow Mountain Pinot Noir from Nabygelegen (South Africa)

6- Do you have a country of preference?

 South Africa. Diversity is in our nature so there are so many great wines for different palates. Otherwise I`ve warmed up to Spain and Australia as my husband frequents there and brings back some beauties!

7- How do you enjoy wine? With food, on it’s own, social etc.

 Some wines are for having on the beach with great friends, others are for cook – offs in our kitchen. Usually it is in the context with food. Oh, the pleasures and blessings of our job!

8- What influences your wine choices? Price, occasion, season etc.

 I think it would be ignorant to say that price does not influence me (more so than with my husband). I am always looking for those finds where I can honestly say that the wine was genuinely worth its price and more. I love wines that over deliver! Season too.

9- Champagne. Overpriced in the current climate?

 I would say! Vouvray`s Sparkling wines have become my celebration tipple if it needs to be foreign. South Africa makes some stellar MCC`s which is the real deal but at far better price points.

10- How do you think sparkling wines now fair against them?

 I`m not in the Sparkling game, so my answer would be hearsay at best…

11- Are boutique wineries the way forward?

 I believe so, if you have some sustainable wine business ventures outside the small setup to “sponsor” the boutique side of things.

12- Do you think retailers do enough to educate the public on wine? I don’t mean health wise.

 I think we would never expect retailers to go the extent that boutique wine shops would go to -there are some that go to great lengths in regards to tastings, meet the winemaker evenings, newsletters, blogs and there is an actual wine person that you can communicate with. Maybe retailers just miss the personal link. On the other hand online media is making the retailer’s job easier.

13- What do you think the wine industry needs to improve on?

 Relationships. I believe place and wine is key but the human aspect can`t be misjudged.

14- Which wines, countries or regions do you think are worth keeping an eye on for the future?

 South Africa (Wellington and the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley) because that’s where the Bosman wines are from.

15- What tips do you have to anyone looking at getting into the wine trade?

 Do not enter if you are not 100% passionate.

16- What is the best thing, for you, about wine?

 That it’s my passion – and that I am able to submerge myself into its intricacies every day.

17- If you were a wine, which one would you be?   

Lightly wooded South African Chenin  Blanc. Complex, underrated and maybe one of the best kept secrets.

Thanks Mike!!!

 Thank you Corlea. Will be tasting some of your wine soon.

I’ve been to South Africa, 09 Lions Tour. Travelled all around the country and seeing some of your vineyards pictures brings back great memories of Spier and in particularly Constantia.

Might have to put some of my Lions 09 Tour photos on here.

 At Bosman Family Vineyards a wine legacy of eight generations are respectfully continued on Lelienfontein Estate after the first generation settled on the farm in 1798. The farm was originally issued to French Huguenot, Philip de Royan in 1699 by Governor of the time, Willem Adriaan van der Stel.

After the last wines were made on Lelienfontein in 1956, as well as a previous rich history in winemaking on this farm, the Bosman family started to focus more on their vine nursery for business reasons. After an absence of winemaking for 51 years, the first wine was released from their newly renovated 250 year old cellar in 2007.

 For more information on BFV International Agents, please contact us on +27 21-8733170 or

 For UK distribution

 Thierry’s Wine Services Ltd | Horsefair House | The Horsefair | Romsey | Hampshire | SO51 8EZ

One comment on “Interview with Corlea Fourie. Winemaker at Bosman Wines, South Africa.

  1. Pingback: Bosman Family Vineyards Pinotage 2008 « Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies.

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