Bradley Ewerts who works as a Cellar Assistant at Haut Espoir, will soon be jetting off to Burgundy in France to participate in the prestigious Burgundy Exchange Programme. The programme, which is an initiative of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, aims to give previously disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to gain experience in viticulture and oenology, wine processing techniques and wine chemistry. Bradley won the Technical Operator division, and was presented with the Western Cape Prestige Agri Award. These awards took place in early November 2017 in Paarl.
The Burgundy Exchange Programme, which was launched in 2001, is the brainchild of Ms Thuthukile Skweyiya, South Africa’s former ambassador to France. Officially known as the Thuthukile Skweyiya Western Cape-Burgundy Wine Exchange Programme, it falls within the ambit of the Cooperation Agreement which was entered into by the Regional Council of Burgundy and the Province of the Western Cape in 2002 and renewed in 2011. The Cooperation agreement aims at fostering academic and economic ties between both regions, with a specific focus on the exchange of learners and teachers at training centres, the implementation of joint professional training, the exchange of high school pupils and students and the exchange between researchers, laboratories and universities.
With this wealth of knowledge at his fingertips we feel confident that Bradley will return to Franschhoek to share what he has learnt and wish him all of the best on his travels.