Born and raised in the UK, Richard travelled extensively, making wine in Chile, California, Hungary, Germany and Bordeaux. In Bordeaux, he helped co-produce a book about the smaller vigneron of the Gironde. In 1999, Richard settled in South Africa and worked at Mulderbosch Vineyards, Nelson Estate and Kanu before re-joining Mulderbosch in 2009. He established Richard Kershaw Wines in January 2012 to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines in the Elgin Valley, the country’s coolest wine region, choosing to focus on apposite noble grapes (ones with the ability to produce world-class examples) and now has a stable of award-winning, much in demand wines including our Clonal Selection Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir and the range of single site, clone and soil specific Elgin Chardonnays, Syrahs and Pinot Noirs that form the Kershaw Deconstructed wines. In 2016 we launched our Kershaw GPS Series - this range explores limited/small production premium wines from other regions of South Africa. We also extended our Smuggler’s Boot range of wines – this is our experimental range of wines that uses several varietals from outside the Elgin region and breathable plastic eggs and cubes for fermentation/maturation.
In addition to Richard Kershaw Wines, Richard was approached by Naked Wines UK in 2012 to make an exclusive range of wines under the Richard’s Label, which is now available to over 400,000 angels. He has recently launched a smaller selection of wines with Naked Wines USA.
One of only 11 International Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines and South Africa’s only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard is much in demand when not in the vineyard or cellar. He is a winemaking consultant for a handful of wineries and a wine show judge for many prestigious competitions around the globe. He is also on the panel of examiners for the Institute of Masters of Wine and lectures for the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in South Africa. He shares the breadth of his knowledge with students and consumers via talks, tastings and blogs. He was also a finalist (the only finalist nominated with two wines) in the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2019.