Vintales is a specialist Wine Adventure Travel site. We lead small groups (max. 12-people) on personalized travel adventures to some of the most amazing wine regions in the world. These adventures are personally led by Carl and his wife Beppie.
Carl is a dual citizen of the USA and South Africa. Born and raised in the wine-lands of the Western Cape outside of Cape Town, he spent his professional career in the High Tech industry – graduating with a HND in Electrical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and earning an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK.
Having grown up in a family where wine was always available with meals, Carl’s interest in wine grew with members of his family being involved in various aspects of the wine business, distribution, as wine-makers and growers – his father having being the general manager of a Stellenbosch farm growing Pinotage (SA’s own varietal).
With his technical background, Carl has expanded his knowledge and enjoyment of wine into both winemaking and wine appreciation areas. He has completed various programs of studies, including the South African KWV wine program, UC Davis Ext. winemaking Certificate, WSET Diploma, French Wine Scholar and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. He is currently completing his application prerequisites as candidate to the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine program.
In continued pursuit of his wine passion, he loves to travel and experience the history, cultures, scenery, food and wine of areas around the world. Having traveled to 42 countries around the globe, there are still many more to visit!