Wine Champions - First South African Black Female Winemaker

The tempting glossy Wine Champions brochure arrived today.

Among the guff I was surprised to see*

Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female winemaker

surprised because, years ago, I had wine made by Carmen Stevens who was the first outh African Black Female Winemaker.

Carmen’s first job with with one of the big wine companies, but now she makes wines under her own name, and on her website** is

Carmen graduated as the first black South African to study the art of winemaking in South Africa. In January 2019 Carmen registered the first 100% black owned winery in South Africa in the picturise Stellenbosch.

There’s room for many black female winemaker’s in South Africa, but there can be only one ‘first’.

** Home – Carmen Stevens Wines

Se also @Andy999 perceptive reading of Wine Champions brochure


Interesting - i was on a wine tasting recently where Ntsiki Biyela was also described as such.

Her wines are good though!

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