Cape Jaffa

Anna Hooper
Cape Jaffa
Mount Benson / Limestone Coast


Young Gun of Wine 2017 Top 12
Anna has certified Cape Jaffa Wines as both biodynamic and sustainable. She’s blending white grapes with red grapes, primarily to make lighter wines. Some of their products are about place, whilst other are about a winemaking style. Try either the 2015 “Riptide”, Viognier with a splash of shiraz, or the 2015 “La Lune”, a blend of ten varieties.

Anna Hooper
Long before she was legally able to drink it Anna Hooper discovered a clear and unwavering passion for wine. Tailing her mother around the laboratories of an established Adelaide Hills winery sparked a love of the process. Following her passion Anna was drawn to South Australia’s rugged Limestone Coast eventually falling in love with a pioneer in the newly established Mount Benson wine region. Now, as Chief winemaker at the highly acclaimed winery Cape Jaffa Wines which she runs alongside her husband (Derek Hooper), this passion of winemaking combines with her love of conservation, sustainability and great surf allowing her to reap the rewards of a life once imagined.

Anna’s winemaking has been shaped by a passion for travel and a will to ‘be herself’. She challenges traditional boundaries crafting wines with natural balance, honest personality and, most importantly to Anna, that are enjoyable to drink. Prior work experience with a number of esteemed producers in both France and South Africa have led her to explore some more unusual winemaking traditions in Europe. Some of her most celebrated wines hail from her choice to ignore the concept of safe or conventional varietal/regional partnerships or textbook winemaking. Cape Jaffa’s awarded portfolio of wines include both distinctive single vineyard wines, as well as creative and original blends using both modern and time-honoured vinification concepts.

As well as a will to trial alternative methods, Anna’s sustainability conscience has shaped her wines. In an effort to discover a farming practice that was gentle on the land, she became one of the first producers in Australia to trial biodynamic farming and has since certified Cape Jaffa Wines as both biodynamic and sustainable. Anna has contributed to a number of boards relating to conservation and sustainable agriculture. Anna is President of the Mount Benson Vignerons Association, sits on the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council, the Vinehealth Australia board and volunteers with the local ‘Friends of Parks’.

Anna’s contribution to both sustainability and the wine industry has seen her awarded the RIRDC South Australian Rural Woman of the Year (2013) which funded her to research the drivers for sustainability in small to medium sized businesses. She has since been invited to speak on the topic in both Australia and in international forums. To date Cape Jaffa Wines has been re cognised for its sustainability efforts in a number of ways including Certificate of Merit at the 2013 South Australian Wine Industry Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards, 2013 Mayoral Australia Day Award for Corporate Contribution to the Environment, Advantage SA Sustainability Hall of Fame Inductee and Runner Up for the UK Drinks Business Green Personality Award, 2014.

Anna holds a bachelor degree in Agricultural Science (oenology) and a Masters in Agribusiness.