‘I almost drowned in wine’: The trials & tribulations of a winemaker





His father was a famous winemaker, his mother a viticulturist and he was born amid the vineyards of Dealu Mare in Romania; by his own admission Razvan Macici has been enthralled by wine his whole life. While his upbringing inevitably helped him become one of the world’s most respected winemakers - Macici has been cellarmaster at Nederburg since 2001 - this youthful immersion in wine nearly brought a premature end to his life. Quite literally.
 
“I almost drowned in wine.” Macici explained to CellarVie Wines. “It was 1974 and there was a massive earthquake in Romania.
 
“The wine tanks in the winery where my father was a winemaker were made out of fibreglass. There were a lot of fibreglass tanks in those days and one of them collapsed and created a domino effect.”
 
He continued: “It created a river of wine; we are talking millions and millions of litres of wine. I was six years old and ran there with my parents.
 
“I remember when they flung open the cellar doors the wine just flew out. I was shoulder deep in wine! It was an expensive bath and a proper baptism!”
 
Despite this frightening encounter, Macici suggests there was never any thought of forsaking a career in the wine industry.

The man responsible for revolutionising one of South Africa’s premier wine companies, said: “I grew up in the vineyards; I grew up around wine, surrounded by vineyards all the time. This is what I always wanted to do – my greatest pleasure was being with my parents during the harvest. Being with them in the winery – it was always wine in our house, on the table.

“I probably shouldn’t say but I don’t remember when I had my first glass of wine…it might have been at my first communion! It was never a question of what I wanted to do; it was always wine, wine, and wine.”
 
To read CellarVie Wines’ exclusive interview with Nederburg winemaker Razvan Macici click here.
 
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Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 

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