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Meet the The First Black Female South African Winemaker & Taste Her Wines

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2017-05-30 18:57
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 16:00
Pierre Loti Union Square
53 Irving Place
New York

​When: June 18, 2017 3-5 PM 
Where: Pierre Loti Union Square
​53 Irving Place at 17th Street between Park Avenue South & 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Ticket Price: $39

In 1998 Ntsiki Biyela, who grew up in the KwaZulu Natal Township of South Africa,  tasted wine for the first time. "It was the most horrible thing I had ever tasted," she said. But things changed quickly. South African Airways awarded her a scholarship to study viticulture and oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. “Following graduation in 2004, she secured a job as a junior winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch, and a wine legend was born: Biyela officially became South Africa's first black female winemaker. Biyela said that she was surprised at the ‘lack of diversity in the wine industry’ but that didn't stop her from beginning to make a name for herself in the local industry and excelling at making wine.” ( In 2009 she was named South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year.

Wine Lovers of NYC is excited to have Ntsiki as our special guest on June 18. She will offer us the chance to taste 8 of her wines, including a wine that is a joint effort with Helen Keplinger of Napa Valley, Food & Wine Magazine’s 2012 Winemaker of the Year.

To learn more about Ntsiki read these recent articles:

  • Wines to be tasted:
    Aslina Chardonnay
    Aslina Sauvignon Blanc
    Aslina Cabernet Sauvignon
    Aslina Umsasane (Bordeaux Blend)

    Stellekaya Hercules (Sangiovese)
    Stellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon
    Stellekaya Orion (Bordeaux Blend)
    Suo Red Collection No. 2 (Bordeaux Blend) -  Joint project with Helen Keplinger

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