Nicola grew up in the small town, Bredasdorp at the Southern most tip of Africa. After finishing school in Bredasdorp she moved to Stellenbosch where she studied Graphic Design and Photography at Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography.
On completion of her studies, she moved on in the advertising industry and worked in the wedding industry. This sparked her interest in the hospitality industry and after two years she decided to broaden her horizons and experience by moving to London to work there for two years. Here she accepted employment at the 5-star, Mayfair Hotel as Events Manager where she organised and managed events. Being a very proud South African, Nicola decided to return to her country after her working visa expired and got the opportunity to work for a wine estate in Paarl in PR & Marketing.
This position and beautiful setting in the Winelands made Nicola fall in love with the wine industry and curious to gain as much knowledge as possible of the industry. She completed a few wine courses and built up her wine knowledge, developing an appreciation and passion for wine. After more than 3 years as part of the Paarl wine route, Nicola was offered a position at Vrede en Lust which she gladly accepted.
Besides working for Vrede en Lust she is also a professional photographer specialising in weddings and portraiture and runs her photography business under her maiden name, Nicola Bester Photography.
“Vrede en Lust is one of the most professional and magnificent wine estates I’ve ever experienced and it is an absolute honour to be part of this team”