I was born in June 1958 in a small country town in South Africa called Paarl and
I grew up in a farming village called Malmesbury. Both these towns are in the
area called "The Western Cape" of South Africa, which is very famous for its
agricultural production of wheat, fruit and wine. Farming and therefore the soil
of the earth is a very important part of my heritage. I am unmarried.
I started my working life as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer working for a
helicopter company in Cape Town. During this time I attained my Commercial
Pilot's license and have been actively involved as a pilot since 1974. After
nine years as an engineer, I decided to head off in a completely new direction
and I opened a clothing manufacturing company in Cape Town where I employed 75
staff members, manufacturing ladies' clothing for a large retailer in South
Africa. In 1998, after being in this business for 16 years, I decided to scale
down, close my factory and start doing things that make me rich - Note this is
different to ‘wealthy’. Since then I have been exploring the South Africa wine,
cuisine, bush, animals and mountains and meeting amazing people from all over
During the past 15 years I have however involved myself in numerous other skills
in an attempt to broaden my horizons and further my interest in other passions.
I purchased 2 aircraft and started a charter company that flew visitors around
southern South Africa, the area that is so close to my heart and the area that I
love to show off to my guests. I have also studied numerous computer languages
and become fully proficient in many applications.
I have a passion for the art of winemaking. I have to date produced seven
vintages of Merlot and Viognier under my own labels, "Thirteen" and "Ca.4121". I
also manage an extensive wine collection in my own private cellar. I have
completed my Cape Wine Academy certificate in South African Wine and am
currently doing the tasting education in preparation for my Diploma in
International wine making.
As I grew up knowing that food and wine must go together, I have been developing
my cooking skills by attending numerous cooking and bread baking courses,
specializing in Italian and Eastern cuisine. Eating out with friends is a
favourite pastime and as my expanding waistline will attest, I do this very
often. I am also involved in a group who evaluates restaurants through mystery
guest visits and I write for the ‘Eat Out’ magazine.
Finally, and this is what has prompted me to start this personalized tourist
service, is my love for international travel. During the past years I have
travelled to the Italy, Far East Asia, New Zealand, France, England, Israel,
Argentina, Austria, Switzerland, Mozambique, The Czech Republic, America, and
China numerous times to further business ties and learn the cultures of the
various places. Saturnia in the heart of Toscana and the "Banyan Tree" in
Thailand are two of my personal little gems.
I trust this short resume gives you a brief insight as to what I am about and
what my areas of interest and expertise are. I am very passionate about my
interests, as I am about showing people the hidden treasures that abound in Cape
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