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A New Kind of Winemaker in Cape Town

Cape Town’s wines are legendary all over the world and there are plenty of varieties to choose from, so it’s only natural that you have to try some during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation. Why not step out of the mould and sip on something truly different during your trip?

South Africa’s Wine Industry

For over 600 years, the world’s wine industry has been dominated by people of European descent. South Africa owes its rich tradition of winemaking to the first Dutch and French settlers to grace its shores.  Thanks to careful cultivation and care, these wines have since become some of the finest in the world, bringing fame and glory to the landed gentry in charge of the farms.

However, like anywhere in the world, the truly hard work is done by the many unskilled hands who till and care for the lands. In South Africa, black and coloured workers have usually filled this role. But now, they’re stepping outside the box as a number of young winemakers of colour are rising through the ranks.

These are some of the ones that stand out.

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters was launched in 2007 and is owned and run by Vivian Kleynhans and her six siblings. Originally from Paternoster, this family is no stranger to hardship, having spent most of their lives living with various relatives after being evicted from their home in Paternoster. Vivian ended up staying with relatives near Stellenbosch, where she fell in love with wine culture and managed to enrol herself in a winemaking course. Reunited with her sisters, she built up her brand step by tiny step, and today, Seven Sisters wines have made their way onto shelves across the country and all the way to the USA.

Wines produced: Bukettraube, Pinotage-Rose, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage/Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet 

Ntsiki Biyela

Ntsiki Biyela is the brains behind the Aslina brand which has only recently hit the market in South Africa. Before that, sales were limited to the USA, Denmark and Germany. Ntsiki, recognised as South Africa’s first black female winemaker, started her career at the Stellenbosch vineyard, Stellekaya in 2004.

Wines produced: Cabernet Sauvignon, medium-bodied red wine, Bordeaux-style blend

M’Hudi

The story behind M’Hudi is an entirely different one and stems from one black family’s determination to break out of the mould. Driven by little but passion, the Rangaka family moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 2003 with a bit of money and a burning ambition to break into the wine trade. Today, they’re running a successful winery and supplying wine retailers throughout the country.

Wines produced: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Merlot, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

Some of the other black and coloured winemakers and brands to look out for include Thandi, Heinrich Devon Keenen Kulsen (Earthbound Wines), House of La RicMal, House of Mandela, Ses’fikile and Women in Wine.

Ready, Set, Sip!

Step one is making your way to the Mother City where you’ll have your pick of the world’s best wine.  Get in touch today and book your Cape Town self-catering accommodation with us. Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/wine-barrel-wine-barrel-barrels-1237327/

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