Born and bred in Buckinghamshire, England, Richard’s path in wine began after completing (and arguably during) his Diplôme D’Études Française at L’Université Stendhal in Grenoble, France, when he was apprenticed at Louis Latour, followed by experience at Olivier Leflaive, Domaine Jacques Prieur and a Diplôme en Commercialisation des Vins et de leurs Derivés at the Lycée Viticole, in Beaune, Burgundy. Following a magical 7 years in France, in 1996 he moved to South Africa where his career continued at Longridge Winery, Darling Cellars and Dominion Wine Company, before establishing Richard Hilton Vineyards in 2003. Aside of wine and gastronomy, Richard enjoys spending time with his family, tinkling the ivories, strumming his guitar, fly-fishing and painting.
Riaan Wassung; Cellarmaster
Born in Cape Town and bred in Queenstown, Riaan graduated with an MSc in Agriculture & Oenology at Stellenbosch University, before heading for harvest at Geisenheim, Germany, and becoming General Manager of Welgewallen Kelder owned by the University of Stellenbosch. Riaan is also a panelist wine taster on the Wine & Spirit Board, the Veritas Competition and the Young Wine Show of South Africa. When not pouring himself over wines, he can be found zig-zagging the countryside on his BMW GS 1200 motorcycle or curled up on a sofa with his wife and baby daughter.