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It’s funny how life works sometimes. For as long as I can remember, all I’ve wanted to do is race bikes. I’ve been fortunate to have made a career doing so for almost a decade now, yet strangely, I wasn’t happy.

Between the fast-paced life in Los Angeles and constant travel for races, winemaking became my passion and my escape. I spent so much time pedaling through different landscapes as fast as I could, yet the only time I really felt connected to nature was while working on my wines. It was clear I needed to make a change.

At the end of 2018 I sold everything I owned (except for my bike of course) and hopped on a plane to Africa. What was meant to just be one harvest, 3 months maximum to reset, turned into what my life is now today.

Taken under the wing of some of the most talented winemakers in South Africa, I now live in a wine cellar, amongst the vines, 2.5 hours away from the nearest city where I hone in my craft. It’s a simple, honest, and truly meaningful life and the lessons I’ve learned to get here are the core values of Lost Boy Wines:

  • Life isn’t a race
  • Nature is all of our greatest asset
  • A life just committed to oneself isn’t much of a life

Thank you for your support on this new chapter. If you’re ever in Cape Agulhas, remember to bring your bike and give me a call. I’ll bring the wine.

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