A chance encounter harvesting Muscadet grapes in France during the year between finishing high school and starting university (his ‘gap’ year) gave Adam Mason his first winemaking experience and hooked him on a life of winemaking.
Following the harvest experience in France, Adam entered Stellenbosch University from where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Oenology and Viticulture. Following graduation, Adam headed straight to the Languedoc to work as a ‘Flying Winemaker’ for the renowned British wine entrepreneur Tony Laithwaite. He returned to France for four more vintages making wine as a contract winemaker for Laithwaite’s Wine across the south of France and the Bordeaux region until 2000.
During this time Adam also worked vintages back home in the Cape region for Bruce Jack at Flagstone, assisting in their debut vintage and helping to set up the winery in Cape Town's Waterfront. In 2001, Adam returned full time to the Cape where he spent two years as general manager/winemaker for International Wine Services South Africa, a negociant and winemaking business exporting to Europe.
Adam’s big break came in 2003 when he was appointed winemaker at Klein Constantia, where he remained until late 2011. He joined the company at a critical time as the original winemaker had left the company and, as a relatively unknown entity, he was tasked with producing the legendary Vin de Constance, a dessert wine that has subsequently scored numerous high ratings.
In 2008 while still at Klein Constantia, Adam worked a vintage with Andy Erickson at Screaming Eagle. There he met Charles Banks, and the seed was planted for Adam’s eventual move to Mulderbosch Vineyards, which he officially joined for the 2012 harvest, his first vintage as Mulderbosch winemaker.
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