This is where he discovered a love for the art of crafting wines. His enthusiastic efforts and hard work were recognized, and soon he was promoted to assistant winemaker.
Roelof found the experience at a Californian cellar Rosenblum Winery in 2001, of great value and very educational. Back home, he continued broadening his skills by learning from his piers, studying, Winemaking Management at the USB (University of Stellenbosch Business School) and doing other short courses. He was promoted to Red Winemaker not long there after. He now concentrates on making the best wine possible from the grapes that Mother Nature gives each year and he strives to build and maintain good client relationships.