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Corlea Fourie grew up in the Free State, a province in the interior of South Africa known for its maize and cattle farming and not at all for its wines. Her father, however, came from a wine farm in the Northern Cape and as a young girl was introduced to the world of wine at Sunday lunches and on annual trips to the family farm. After completing her BSc degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Stellenbosch University in 2006 she started consulting for Bosman Family Vineyards. The following year she joined the wine-making team and today manages the vineyard potential and wine objectives for at Bosman as Head of Wine and Viticulture. Corlea is extremely proud of her role in preserving the estate's Optenhorst plot, the 3rd oldest Chenin Blanc vineyard in the country, which produces an internationally-acclaimed single varietal wine. Under her watch, Bosman Family Vineyards was recognized with Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2024 Editor’s Award Winery of the Year "for their achievements in winecrafting as well as outstanding contributions in the spheres of social empowerment, environmental care and development of the wine industry more broadly".

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