In Memory of Professor Eben Archer

Thursday, 27 June, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Eben Archer, an icon of South African viticulture. His influence over our wine industry has been profound and shall endure for generations more.

Prof Archer started his viticultural career as researcher at Nietvoorbij in Stellenbosch in 1971 – where he was aided by the most basic of equipment, “a set of secateurs and a scale” – before assuming a position as lecturer at Stellenbosch University. He held both positions for 17 years, years which would prove invaluable to the wine industry. During those years he studied towards a PhD at the University of Montpellier in France and has demonstrated his understanding of the vine, consulting to wineries throughout South Africa, a well as in France, Mendoza, Napa, and Chile, to name a few.

As a lecturer he has been a mentor to hundreds of winemakers and is considered a legend in the South African wine industry.

Our deepest condolences to his family all those close to him.

A recollection of Prof. Archer by Dr. Helene Nieuwoudt:

My recollection as a student  in the Honours  module on Viticulture that Prof Archer presented was his humour, friendliness, and above all his enthusiasm and passion for his topic, which made his classes a pleasure to attend.  At one occasion he said to the male students that the best gift they could ever give their girlfriends was a perfume that smelled like the small flowers on a developing grape bunch. I remember his friendliness and  thoroughness as a lecturer.  


Professor Eben Archer
Professor Eben Archer

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