#WomeninWine: Delana Green
In celebration of Women's Month, we went in search of inspirational women on the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Meet Delana Green, Operations Manager at Stellenbosch Vineyards
Q: How many years have you been in the wine industry and part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route?
My first job, after completing my BSc Honours at University of Stellenbosch, was in 1992 at the then Stellenbosch Farmers Winery. In total, I am in the industry now for 26 years!
Q: How did you get started in the wine business?
In my Honours year, our Microbiology department started to do a few projects on Wine Technology and I found it absolutely fascinating. After completing my studies, I only applied for positions in the wine industry and haunted the SFW Human Resource department until the point where I am sure they employed me just to stop me harassing them!
Q: Which wine was your "a-ha!" wine – the one that made you love wine or inspired you to get into the industry?
The Lanzerac Hotel was a favourite gathering spot when I was studying and I can remember drinking, with no knowledge of wines at all, Lanzerac Pinotage. It was my the very first favourite wine of which there were many over the years!
Q: What are the most rewarding aspects of your work?
I love working with people and to be in a position where I can assist them to reach their full potential. Managing any changing environment also excites me and I really find it most rewarding to bring structure in such an environment.
Q: If you weren't in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
Most likely in the Medical profession.
Q: What advice would you give to young women considering the wine industry as a profession?
Be very clear about what you want to achieve. Always remember that the right attitude counts so much more than ability. I have also learned through the years that if you are willing to learn and stick your hand up you will succeed. Do not wait for opportunities to come your way – go out and grab them with both hands and a smile on your face! Fake it until you make it.
Q: If you could open a bottle of wine and share it with three people, who will it be?
No high profile answer here! Definitely, without a doubt, my husband and my dear friends the Kontopirakis’s! If I may, I would add as a fourth person my brother, Bernard Claassen, who is the winemaker at Welmoed cellar! Their love for wine is infectious!
Q: What do you think makes Stellenbosch Wine Route unique compared to other wine regions?
Being the oldest wine route there is a romance that this route offers which is rarely found in the other routes. Growing up in Mossel Bay I can remember saying to my dad, driving into Stellenbosch before the start of my first year, that this is where I belong and will stay!
Q: What is your go-to bottle of wine?
Have to be one of our own wines which are absolutely delicious - Credo Chardonnay!
Q: What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
It seems as if being married for 24 years is quite an achievement nowadays! Also, we as a family, are big cricket supporters and have had Newlands season tickets for longer than I have been married for!
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