Hagen Viljoen – Solms-Delta Winemaker
Hagen completed his BSc Agriculture degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2005. He then travelled extensively, experiencing harvests in New Zealand, Australia, California and France, where he honed his wine making skills and gained invaluable international experience. “The many differences in winemaking techniques and styles as well as management strategies that I encountered have served to broaden my knowledge base and fuel my passion for wine.”
Returning to South Africa he worked in some of the most renown local wineries; Boschendal, Nederburg, Vergelegen and Zevenwacht, before joining Solms-Delta in 2012.
Hagen shares his passion for wine and love of nature with his wife, who is also a winemaker. They met while studying winemaking together at Stellenbosch. He enjoys hunting, fishing, diving and mountain biking, believing in a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Hagen is very hands-on when it comes to the entire wine making process. He is a dynamic and enthusiastic winemaker, willing to share his knowledge with the small Solms-Delta cellar team. “For me, winemaking is about translating the potential in the vineyards in a manner that respects the integrity of the fruit, reflects its origin and ultimately expresses uniqueness and balance in the wine itself.”