Swedish-born Hans Astrom joined the Klein Constantia family in January 2012 as Managing Director. Having studied economics and been voted Sweden’s best sommelier in 1986, Hans went on to work in the hospitality industry. During this period he established the Swedish Sommelier Association and helped create ‘Grythytteakademin’, the first academically based wine and food education programme in Sweden, and where today one can graduate with a doctorate.
Hans continued to gain invaluable experience in the international wine world, working as director and vice president of sales for Peter Lehmann Wines, and thereafter assuming the role of general manager for Hess Family Estates, spanning four continents and seven wineries.
Having spent six years at Klein Constantia, the iconic wine estate is starting to come back to its old 18th century glory. The estate has been completely rejuvenated, with new state-of-the-art vineyards and the introduction of biodynamic practices for farming and across production in 2013. The cellars have been completely re-built under Hans’ guidance and finally, some incredible vintages have recently been released, with the legendary Vin De Constance leading the pack of wines from this truly amazing and historical estate.