She Matriculated in 1999 at Groendal Senior Secondary School Franschhoek. In the year 2000 she took a gap year and worked as an aupair in the Netherlands. She had the opportunity to study the Dutch language at Volks University Haarlem, Netherlands and found it very interesting as in the back of her mind she knew she will make use this qualification back in SA.
Mearl returned to SA in 2001 and in 2002 she worked temporary as a Waitress at Gideon Famous Pancakes and studied part time where she obtained her Tourism Guide Qualification. She completed her practical in the wine industry at L’Ormarins wine estate and after completion she had the opportunity to work as Tasting Room Assistant. Soon she discovered her love and passion for the wine Industry.
Mearl then applied for a permanent position as Tasting Room Assistant at Rupert & Rotchild Wines where she worked for 3 years. She also obtained her Prelimary Certificate in wine at Cape Wine Academy. Her Position as Tasting Room Assistant started to stagnate her growth. In 2005 she applied for a Tasting Room Manager position at Lanzerac Wines and worked there for 4 years.
After 8 years of working away from home (Franschhoek) she applied for a position closer to home which she successfully got. Since 2009 she is working as Tasting Room Manager at The Franschhoek Cellar. In 2012 she completed her Certificate in wine at the Cape Wine Academy.
She is married to Sheridan Van Riet (2009) and their son Mason was born in 2011.