Crown Valley Winery has appointed Alwyn J. Dippenaar as its new master winemaker. Dippenaar, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, graduated from Elsenburg College of Agriculture and University of Stellenbosch in 2004. Dippenaar did internships and apprenticeships at wineries in Oregon, New Zealand and Western Australia before coming to southern Missouri to take on the Norton grape.
"Al brings a wealth of knowledge from abroad and from wineries located here in the states," says Brian Siddle, director of operations at Crown Valley. "His perspective on wine making is simple: it’s a blend of science and art. He understands the process begins with basic fundamentals but adds an artisan twist that makes the point of difference. We're excited and privileged to have him on board."
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Company, 13326 State Route F, Ste. Genevieve, Mo., 573.756.9700, crownvalleybrewery.com