Besides his fondness for Rhône-style wines, Hagen’s other great loves include his twin daughters, the outdoors and, of course, his trade. After completing his BSc Agriculture degree at the University of Stellenbosch, Hagen travelled extensively, honing his skills and getting hands-on winemaking experience in New Zealand, Australia, California and France. He heads up Solms-Delta’s small cellar team with boundless enthusiasm, vision and an eagerness to share his knowledge.
Joan grew up on a sixth-generation family farm just outside Worcester. As the link between our vineyards and our cellar, she’s passionate about sustainable agriculture and biodinamically and organically produced wines. When you don’t find her amongst our vines or our barrels, she’s probably mountain biking, running, taking photos, cooking or studying part-time for a BCom Financial Accounting degree.
OUR VINE EXPERT
“Viticulture is a science like law. But not quite like physics or maths, because there is always room for individual talent and choice.”
Qualified as a lawyer, with a master’s degree in communications and having studied viticulture in winemaking regions around the world, Rosa brings a diverse set of skills to the team. One of her unique talents is that she understands people as well as she knows the secrets of the vine. That’s why, apart from matching the terroir with the right cultivars to produce the best wines, an important part of Rosa’s role is working with people and teaching the vineyard workforce how to deal with all aspects of viticulture. For her a well-trained team is one way to add to the quality of the grapes, and therefore the wine.