Tribute to winemaker

Viticulturist Jean de Villiers, from Klein Roosboom was laid to rest last week.

Prominent Durbanville viticulturist Jean de Villiers, 54, of the Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery, was laid to rest last Friday, after his sudden death on Monday June 5.

His funeral was at the Dutch Reformed Church in Durbanville.

Mr De Villiers grew up on the Doordekraal Farm in Kenridge and attended Durbanville High School.

He went to the navy after matriculating in 1980 and later studied cellar technology at Elsenburg.

Mr De Villiers and his wife, Karin, worked side by side at the Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery, which was started by her in 2007. He was the viticulturist and Ms De Villiers the winemaker.

“He was a farmer with an absolute passion for the vine and his vineyards. He understood it like very few other farmers did,” said Ms De Villiers.

Asked what she would remember most about him, Ms De Villiers said: “His absolute passion for everything he did. It had to be done to perfection or not at all. He had a caring, giving heart and always tried to help others in need. He gave so much of himself to others.”

Ms De Villiers said the Jean Sauvignon Blanc, which she made in his honour, was his favourite wine.

A message posted on the Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery’s Facebook page read: ”Jean will forever and always live on in our hearts and we will celebrate his life every time we drink a Jean Sauvignon Blanc. He played a big part in our lives and had a great impact on everyone that knew him.”