“Starting in 2000, when I put together our crew, everybody got educated, they’ve been sent to different courses. We try to uplift and educate our whole crew; that way we are one big family and one big team.” Anton Roos, Vineyard Manager & Partner
Silkbush is an extended family of people all dedicated to Silkbush Mountain Vineyards who live in many parts of the world. Silkbush’s Vineyard Manager, Anton, and his wife Franci, live on the Silkbush property with their three young sons. Franci’s parents, Francois and Isabel Marais, live on the large farm next door where Franci grew up, and where all the generations of Marais have lived since the early 1820’s. Dave Jefferson, Silkbush cofounder and its Managing Director is a US citizen and lives in Sonoma County, CA.
On the farm, we communicate mostly in Afrikaans, some Soto, and some Xhosa, the dialect of the principal Black tribe of the Eastern and Western Capes. Almost everyone in our permanent farming crew (presently 21 people) live on Silkbush farm. We have a team of very motivated people who are paid above average for the area. Our workers are salaried and receive annual bonuses.
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