#WomeninWine: Pia Watermeyer
In celebration of Women's Month, we went in search of inspirational women on the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Meet Pia Watermeyer, General Manager of Kunjani Wines
Q: How many years have you been in the wine industry and part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route?
I’ve been living on a farm for the past 6 years but have been actively involved in the day-to-day running of Kunjani for 18 months. We joined Stellenbosch Wine Routes recently, and we are very excited to be part of such an active and well-run organisation.
Q: How did you get started in the wine business?
When we bought our small boutique wine farm in Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch, I had to jump in boots and all and learn as I went along.
Q: Which wine was your "a-ha!" wine – the one that made you love wine or inspired you to get into the industry?
When we took over the farm we found a supply of bottled 2011 Shiraz. When we opened this fabulous wine, it struck a note with me to produce and bottle our own wines for all to enjoy. Being an entrepreneur, I knew that this was a project I really wanted to get involved in.
Q: What are the most rewarding aspects of your work?
Empowering our staff and providing them with opportunities for growth. Interacting with nature, friends and people from all walks of life who visit Kunjani.
Q: If you weren't in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
I’d be based full time at my graphic design company, Vye Graphics.
Q: What advice would you give to young women considering the wine industry as a profession?
Be passionate about the industry. There will be long hours and hard work ahead and sometimes the rewards are very slow. However, a genuine love and passion goes a long way!
Q: If you could open a bottle of wine and share it with three people, who will it be?
The love of my life, Paul, his daughter, Sandra, and my best friend, Gayle.
Q: What do you think makes Stellenbosch Wine Route unique compared to other wine regions?
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is an industry icon, being the oldest wine route of South Africa. The diversity of wines produced in various pockets of the route, each with its own unique terroir, provides visitors with an abundance of options to choose from. Stellenbosch overflows with so much beautiful, rich history and heritage.
Q: What is your go-to bottle of wine?
Our Kunjani Stolen Chicken Rosé. It is a vibrant rosé with notes of candy floss, toffee apple and fresh strawberries. I love it because I can enjoy it throughout the year. It also holds a very special place in my heart, because it is made in honour of my late son, James, who really stole chickens off the road and rehomed them with us.
Q: What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
This is the first time that I have been involved in running a wine farm, guest accommodation and restaurant!
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