Dr. Yair Safriel is a clinician, clinical trialist, analyst, teacher and entrepreneur with a passion for nurturing innovation and sharing it with others.
While a student, he nurtured a passion for wine by working as a cellar hand at Rustenberg, one of South Africa’s preeminent estates. Etienne Le Riche was the chief winemaker at the time in Rustenberg (who subsequently opened his own label making arguably the best Cabernet in South Africa) and Hans Vinding Diers was visiting assistant at the time (now owner and winemaker at Bodega Noemia Pategonia making some of the best Malbecs in Argentina).
Later, Yair would go on to work at the University of Cape Town with a grant from Duggie Jooste of Klein Constantia, successfully mapping out the genetic fingerprints of different cultivars. Through this project, Yair traveled extensively in the wine lands through many great vineyards to analyze vines.
Yair then moved to the United States and studied neuroradiology at the State University of New York and then at Yale University. He was a partner at an imaging firm in Minneapolis and founded a Radiology Contract Research Organization. Now living in The Tampa Bay Florida, Yair is a partner in a radiological imaging firm.
The belief in the quality of South African terrior never left and after a fortunate meeting with a South African merchant and winemaker, Yair and his wife Lynne established Safriel House.
Yair likes reading cellar manuals and recommends reading "Making Good Wine" by Bryce Crossley Rankine, "Concepts in Wine Technology" by Yair Margalit and "Cooperage for Winemakers" by Geoffery Schahinger.