Richard joined leading South African alcoholic beverage producer, KWV, as chief winemaker in October 2008. This followed an international career in winemaking, during which the Australian born winemaker developed a truly global outlook on winemaking styles, quality and production efficiency.
Highlights in his career were the years spent at Australian wineries Evans & Tate (Margaret River) and Leasingham (Clare Valley), where he not only played a major role in establishing a high performance workplace and culture, but also won several national and international awards. These included the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy - a high profile award at the Melbourne wine show - for the exhibitor of the best beverage wine of the vintage year prior to the current vintage year.
During the years that Richard spent in Germany in France, he developed a keen sense and understanding of the importance and regionality - reflected in both wine styles and techniques. As a winemaker, Richard is driven by quality, attention to detail and focused approach. Improvement is fundamental to his value system in winemaking - every wine has to better than it was the previous harvest.