Winemaker & Viticulturist


Mary-Lou Nash is the co-owner, winemaker, and viticulturist at Black Pearl Wines. She received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, with a major in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire in 1989, and then taught English in Japan for two years followed by two years travelling in Asia before settling in Paarl. Teaching herself entirely, she planted 4, 5 hectares of Shiraz in 1997 and 3 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1998 and established her family-run boutique cellar in 2001. Nash completed her first brandy course in 1998 followed by her Diploma with the Cape Wine Academy in 1999. In 2006 she received her wine evaluation certificate from Stellenbosch University followed by top marks in the Advanced Brandy Course at Van Ryn’s. Newly graduated Cape Wine Master, Mary-Lou was also the 2011 winner of the Van Ryn’s Award for Brandy Excellence, achieving the highest score in the section of the Cape Wine Masters’ examination, devoted to brandy. Says Cape Wine Academy principal, Marilyn Cooper: “To win the Award for Brandy Excellence one must have an exceptional conversancy with brandy, both as a taster and in one’s theoretical knowledge. It requires not only dedicated study but passion, and genuine interest. As a self-taught winemaker, these are qualities Mary-Lou undoubtedly possesses and has had an opportunity to flaunt in this course.”


One Response to Winemaker & Viticulturist

  1. Angus/Marc says:

    Hey ML,
    I just got in touch with Sherrie Flick, after finding a t-shirt from The Fryeburg Fair in a box of crap. She mentioned you and Black Pearl, so, Hi.

    Sounds like I’ve got more wine to drink in my future…

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