Wine and lifestyle writer Julian Richfield loses battle to cancer

Thursday, 2 November, 2023
South African wine writer Julian Richfield passed away this morning, 2 November 2023, after a short battle with cancer.

It is with great sadness we share that Julian Richfield, a prominent wine and lifestyle writer, has peacefully passed away this morning (Thursday 2 November 2023) after a short battle with cancer.

"My dear and much loved friend Julian Richfield died this morning after a mercifully short battle with cancer," wrote Michael Olivier on Facebook. "You will be missed, Julian. What fun we have had over the last years. My love to Rosalie and daughter Clare."

Julian studied at Wits University in the 1960s. He worked as a journalist, PR and communications consultant, and a book reviewer.

He moved to Cape Town in 1991, which is where he discovered his love of wine. He has visited over 210 wineries in the Cape Winelands.

Raise a glass with us today, as we celebrate Julian's life.

Condolences to Julian Richfield's family and friends

"I am so shocked… Julian Richfield was such a dear friend, indeed a kind officer and gentleman. My sincerest sympathy to Rosalie, Clare and other loved ones." - Kobus Smit

"This is the saddest news. Julian was filled with life and wonder always, and I'm grateful to have known and spent time with him. Love and strength to Clare and his beloved Rosalie. May his memory be a blessing." - Dawn Bradnick

"Oh no I am devastated to read this. What a special soul with a heart of gold. You will be sorely missed!" - Tanja Beutler

"So sad! Dear Julian, you were always so humble, always keen for a chat! What a great example for us young ones. Will miss bumping into you while stretching before a race or a parkrun!" - Gielie Beukes

"So very sad! He was such a gentle soul, who was always interested and interesting to talk to. My condolences to his dear family and friends." - Guy McDonald

"Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. He was such a lovely man. My love goes out to all of his precious loved ones." - Cathy Steed

"My condolences to Julian's family, he was a knowledgeable food and wine critic who was a pleasure to interact with regarding restaurant reviews." - Judy Bryan

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