Mats Vineyard

Vineyard consultancy

Photo: Sofie Bågøe Antonisen

If you ask me what I am I would say a wine farmer. Its where my big passion lies and it was the hardest thing to leave behind when I came to Denmark. I was so happy when I realised there were actually wine farms in Denmark. It was a logical step to start a consultancy to help the young Danish wine industry in improving its vineyards.

I have been very fortunate to work for some of the top wineries in South Africa. I started my career at Uva Mira high up the slopes of the Helderberg. I was thrown into the deep end and fortunately for me was taken under the wing of the world class viticulturist Professor Eben Archer. I then moved to Thelema Mountain vineyards for 8 years. Thelema is world renouned for its vineyards. They are the leaders in many fields and have been the amongst the first to impliment many of the strategies that underlie the principles of precision viticulture. I was mentored by the well known South African viticulturist Aidan Morten and top Californian Viticulturist Phil Freese. The owner of Thelema, Gyles Webb, a Winemaker Of The Year winner in previous years was a hard task master and taught me that there is only one way to do things – the right way.

In 2008 I moved to Rust en Vrede Estate. Established in 1694 it has a long tradition as a leader in the Cellar. The well known Estate hosted Denmarks Queen Margrethe on Nelson Mandella’s release. It also provided the wine for Madiba’s inauguration as the first black president of South Africa. During my time current winemaker Coenie Snyman won the auspicious Winemaker of the Year Award. In 2009 I also took over responsibilities in the vineyards at Ernie Els wines ( the great South African Golfer). My task at these two prestigious Estates was to redefine there viticultural practices and lead them into future.

I currently consult to 3 farms in South Africa, Rust en Vrede Estate, De Meye Wines and Marklew Family Wines. I also consult to two Danish wine farms Kelleris Vingaard and Vester Ulslev Vingaard. I also consult to a number of restaurants and wine bars on wine related matters. You are welcome to contact any of them for references.

MATS VINEYARD will offer a comprehensive package aimed at providing the Scandinavian wine farmer with the tools and information needed to make informed decisions in the vineyard, in order to achieve the best possible quality at harvest time, and subsequently a quality bottled wine that can grow its market share and make Danish wine stand on its own! Our prices are nominal as it is more important for me to remain a part of something I love. I am sure we have something to offer your vineyard.

Contact Mathew to hear more!

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