Q&A with Kelly-Marie Jacobs

The young, creative and talented Kelly-Marie Jacobs is Zonnebloem’s newest white winemaker. Her career to date has been paved by inspiring people and a natural affinity for making wines. Well-travelled, she has been to Burgundy, France, twice, did a harvest in the village of Pommard and travelled to Mendoza, Argentina to broaden her winemaking knowledge.

Nominate your eighth wonder of the world (person, place or experience).

My grandfather, who passed away at the age of 92. He was the most hard-working man I have ever known, besides my Dad, of course! From a young age, he instilled so many core values and ethics into my life. He really believed in me and a lot of what he said about my future has surprisingly come true. He was just a truly wonderful man.

What time do you wake up and what is the first thing you do?

I wake up at 06:00 and the first thing that I do is snooze my alarm clock for another five minutes. When I am eventually out of bed, I usually check outside to see what the weather is like.

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Favourite getaway destination?

My bedroom on a rainy day.

If you could have dinner with any three people – alive or no longer here – who would they be and what would you serve?

My late grandpa: he always had the most fascinating stories to tell and of course enjoyed his wine. The wine writer and critic, Tim Atkin – I’ve tasted with him twice before and he is definitely someone who has a lot of anecdotes about the who’s who in the global wine industry – I could learn a few secrets. And Joe Bastianich – a MasterChef USA judge and very good chef. Someone else would have to prepare the dinner because although I am totally addicted to cooking shows, I am not much of a cook myself, but if Joe’ s coming, then there will definitely be authentic Italian pasta dishes on the menu.

What would you do with an extra hour in your day?

Take that hour to treat myself, be it a nap, a TV show or a walk outside.

This Q&A originally appeared in the print version of Top Women.

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