CHAPTER 2 | Sebastian, Nici, Sophie, Leo & Henri
Sebastian is the oldest son and a second generation Beaumont - a man with a passion for wine, fishing and surfing. After studying viticulture and oenology he joined the family business in 1999 and honed his skills on the farm as viticulturist initially, working alongside Raoul. During this time he assisted with the wine making under the guidance of Niels Verburg and Jayne. Five years later, in 2004, he completed his first vintage, was in charge of the wine making and soon established a standing as a Chenin Blanc aficionado. After receiving four 5 star ratings for Hope Marguerite, he earned the nickname, "The Chenin Dude".
Nici, the daughter of Jayne’s school friend, met Sebastian many times during her family’s visits to South Africa and the farm. Her decision to work at Beaumont for a year after experiencing the Napa Valley and the wine department at Christies in London is nothing short of serendipitous. Exchanging not only careers, but also London for Bot River was a plan in the making since the day they met many harvests ago.
Nici, co-founder of Zest Catering and partner in the family business, is involved with all things strategic and culinary related to Beaumont. The famous farm luncheons, picnics, events and entertainment, as well as her awesome rusks, lure people in from far and wide. Visit the Zest website here.
Recently, Sebastian and Nici took over the full running of the farm and its endeavours. Armed with the invaluable know-how of the past, a passion for the present and committed family support, the farm is poised for a fresh new chapter.