An up-and-coming new winemaking talent and academic achiever, Candice Nassen, joins Tokara on 1 November 2021 as assistant winemaker to Stuart Botha.
A double graduate with degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Cape Town, and viticulture and oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, Candice notched up extensive winemaking experience at acclaimed local and international cellars.
On the local front, she completed three vintages at Cederberg, Boekenhoutskloof and most recently Boschkloof. During this time she managed to make space for a vintage in France at the highly-regarded Domaine Yves Cuilleron in the Northern Rhône wine region.
A proficient all-rounder, Candice just aced The Business of Wine Course at UCTs Graduate School of Business with the highest marks of her intake.
“From our first meeting with Candice we knew that she was an extraordinary candidate and I am exceptionally proud to welcome her to our dynamic team. Candice joins us as the industry emerges from a most difficult period and I know that she will play an essential role in our future endeavours,” says Tokara GM Karl Lambour.
Candice is eager to hone her skills further: “I’m still trying to process everything that has happened over the past few weeks. It is an honour to be chosen to work at Tokara.”