Les Sweidan arrived in the Cape in the early 1970s. When he tasted the wine, he tasted his future. He was inspired to produce a wine that paid tribute to South Africa’s peaceful transition to democracy, a new wine that reflected the nation’s new beginning. The High Road was born.
“I’m living the dream! I have been extremely fortunate to collaborate with a great team to produce a wonderful wine. Not only has our wine received outstanding accolades, but it has also opened so many opportunities for me to rub shoulders with interesting people, visit amazing producers, and of course, enjoy great wines.”
After a successful career in the insurance industry, Mike — like Les — was inspired by wine. He joined The High Road in 2003. Today, he pairs his time as an insurance consultant with farming cattle in the Eastern Cape.
“The High Road has proven to be the ideal antidote to spending my entire life working in the financial sector. The journey has been exciting and made even more significant by traveling the road with a good friend.”
During her time at Stellenbosch University, Nadine developed a passion for the region’s indulgent wines. As a member of The High Road’s management team, she oversees day-to-day operations.
“The High Road is my favorite wine, so working here has made me a bit spoiled. I don’t want to drink anything else!”
For over 35 years, Mark has crafted wine in South Africa, the USA, and Europe. He has been responsible for 15 of The High Road’s premium vintages.
“I have been privileged to make wine in various styles, in many different countries and grapegrowing regions. The High Road wine is by far the most exciting wine style that I personally have been involved with.”
Consulting Winemaker (2018 Onwards)
Miles’ wine roots were laid down early on in his life. He is the son of Kathy and the late Tony Mossop, a Cape Wine Master and distinguished South African wine authority. After graduating with a BSc in Geology, thereby setting his foundation for understanding terroir, Miles went on to complete a further degree in Viticulture and Enology at Stellenbosch University, graduating “top of class” in 1998.
Miles has worked harvests with legendary South African winemakers and abroad. Miles’ dedication to his craft and consistent delivery of highly rated wines earned Miles a nomination to the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild in 2012, being elected to sit on the committee of the CWG between 2014 and 2017 and to stand as Chairman for two years of this between 2016 and 2017. Miles recently left Tokara (May 2018) after nineteen very successful harvests. His focus now being 100 percent on his own wine brand and those he consults for and improving on the foundation already laid. Miles is passionate about surfing, wine and family (not particularly in that order).