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With 1 ton of fruit and a whole lot of gumption, started Belong Wine Co. in 2017 to celebrate everything they hold dear: love, adventure, and a sense of exploration. They grew up on opposite ends of the globe – Bertus in Cape Town, South Africa and Alli in the Bay Area sugar hamlet of Crockett.
Bertus knew he wanted to be a winemaker at the age of 15. He went on to study Viticulture and Enology at the University of Stellenbosch. He has worked in the cellar at Deetlefs Estate, Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, Glen Carlou, Hess Collection, Chappellet, and Regusci and has been in his current position as the winemaker for James Cole, Tank Garage, and T-Vine wineries since 2012. His happy place has always been out in the vineyards, where he can be found in short shorts.
Alli still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She has always found great joy in the creative process and is a Jill of many trades. She went to the Harvard of the West, Chico State, where she studied Sociology and learned the beauty of work/life balance. Alli moved to Napa in 2010 with her sister, Holly, who was already working in the wine industry. After managing a wine bar downtown for four years she transitioned to her current role at Whetstone Wine Cellars where she gets to wear many hats, including graphic design, hospitality, events, and marketing.
In this episode we mention…
Domaine Tempier Rouge 2008
Julien Fayard and Covert Estate (interview)
Chris Pittenger, Gros Ventre
2019 Belong Chasing the Sunset Rosé
The tradition of “Sundowners” in South Africa
Arnot-Roberts North Coast Syrah
Climate Neutral Initiative
Kim & Tyler Elwell, Halcyon Wines, Interview
Dan Petroski and Larkmead
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