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Ruaan Viljoen


Our winemaker, Ruaan Viljoen, hails from the heart of the wine region in Cape Town, South Africa. Before Priam, Ruaan worked in small and large-scale wine production environments, covering a broad spectrum of wine production from bulk to ultra Premium. He worked with cultivars such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon /Ruby, Muscat d’Alexandre, Riesling and Malbec. 


With 14 vintages behind him, Ruaan has significant experience in quality and premium wine production from such wineries as Kendall Jackson and Merry Edwards in Sonoma, CA, and Welbedacght, Boschendall, Glen Carlou, Grand Provance and Klawer Wines in South Africa.  He carries significant knowledge about all aspects of the vineyard and winery from his extensive background in soil science, Pomology, viticulture and oenology.


If he were to be described with tasting notes as a bottle of wine...the aromatics would be classic and traditional with traces of stubbornness masking the fresh, young fruit. The palate would surprise you with emotion and sensitivity. Extremely modest and honest, allowing the truth of the terroir to show.

Live life, love work and at all times drink good wine."


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