Andries started his studies at Stellenbosch University with a majoring in viticulture. Soon after his first tutored tastings, he realised that winemaking held more intrigue for him, so he changed majors to oenology instead, graduating in 1994. His affinity for the vineyards remains, which is evident in his winemaking credo – Andries aims to create individual, terroir expressive wines, that are textured, balanced and elegant. Just as the Paul Cluver Wines are the longest established wine producers in Elgin, Andries is the longest established winemaker in the area. Today, his winemaking revolves around Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot noir for which he has earned a fine track record of local and international recognition and accolades. Andries attributes his travels and work abroad as a crucial part of his development as winemaker. Experiences to date include stints at Chateaux Margaux with Paul Pontallier, with Michel Roland and at Domaine Comte Senard in Aloxe Corton. More recently he has travelled to the Pfalz and Mosel in Germany to learn more about Riesling, and continues to make an annual sojourn to Burgundy – “just to keep my palate focused”.