Following the announcement of the 2019 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.
The SA Olive industry has had the pleasure of working with the Absa team for the past seven years in organising and executing the Absa Top 10 Olive Oils awards. Absa’s support for the industry adds a distinctive flavour to the yearly celebrations of the industry’s efforts and success. There is much appreciation in the local olive oil industry for Absa’s commitment to highlighting the accomplishments of the agricultural sector.
Absa has supported the South African olive industry since 2013 by recognising and awarding the best locally produced extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs). In an industry where many top quality EVOOs are produced, being an Absa Top 10 winner speaks of excellence and a dedication to the craft.
Joseph hails from Zimbabwe and has made a name for himself in the wine industry as a winemaker (Mosi Wines), qualified wine judge, and sommelier at the renowned La Colombe restaurant.
Joseph first tasted wine in 2010 at the age of 28. ‘I began to love wine and its many nuances. I wanted more than just to drink it, but was eager to understand it, share it, and to make it’. (Reference: wantedonline.co.za) Joseph’s winery, Mosi Wines, produces 100% Syrah, 100% Chenin, and 100% Merlot wines.
From humble beginnings, Joseph has gone on to make a big imprint on the wine industry in a very short time. Just to mention a few of the accolades under his belt: he was part of the South African team that won the 2015 South African wine tasting championships and represented South Africa in France at the Wold Blind Champs in the same year. He’s also been the captain of Team Zimbabwe in the same competition a few years running, as well as head judge for the Sommelier Selection and the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 challenge.
We look forward to spending the day with Joseph on 27 September – when South Africa’s top 10 extra virgin olive oils will be celebrated.