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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Signed my contract with Durbanville Hills Wines yesterday. Although it is only a contract position as a harvest intern it is for me cause to celebrate! Three years ago at the age of 38 I set out on a journey to become a winemaker. I left everything and enrolled fulltime for a B.Agric in Cellar Technology at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institude, South Africa. Last year I graduated Cum Laude and was awarded the Doux student in Oenology award.

Although I am celebrating, all praise should go to my wife, Chantel, and my three children (Christian, Stefan and Rosalia) for their commitment and sacrifice the last couple of years.

Johan Botha: Popping cork!

Johan Botha: Popping cork aka Celebration!

Took this image a long time ago in 1997, before digital and Photoshop, using only common sense and the tricks of the trade.

Who knew then, that I would one day be using it to celebrate my life!