Getaway (South Africa)

The Winemaker



Swiss-born Didier Duc has lived in Thornhill since immigratin­g to SA in 2010. ‘My favourite Kouga space is amidst the dunes at Gamtoos River mouth,’ he says. ‘It’s spacious, wild, peaceful, and inspiring, and I often go to sit there in my camp chair, just with

my notebook and my thoughts.’ Didier’s passion for mountain biking contribute­d to the start of 3Rivers Trails, but right now he’s focused on

making a unique Eastern Cape boutique wine. ‘I grew up in the Rhône Valley, in the Swiss Alps, helping my

parents with their vineyards after school, but moved away when I was 20. Deep down I am a doer, so when I decided to “return to the vine” in 2017, I worked with a top Cape winemaker to create Geelwal, which I hope will become a very

different wine.’

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