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Meet South Africa's First Female Black Winemaker: Ntsiki Biyela

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 17:00
Ògùn Art + Wine
920 Studemont Street

Ògùn Art + Wine is pleased to host South Africa's First Female Black Winemaker: Ntsiki Biyela

Join us on Sunday, June 11th for wine tasting and light bites.

About Ntsiki Biyela:

In 1998, Biyela, who had never even tasted wine, was awarded a winemaking scholarship by South African Airways, which was encouraging diversity and new talent to join South Africa's growing wine industry. "It was an opportunity that came my way and I took it, [but] I didn’t know about wine at all," Biyela said.

For the first time, Biyela left her hometown of KwaZulu Natal and enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch to study viticulture and oenology. 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.

Biyela's first red blend for Stellekaya won a gold medal at the South Africa's Michelangelo awards and less than ten years after sipping her first taste of wine, Biyela was named South Africa’s Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009.

Today Ntsiki has taken her experience and produced her very own wine label entitled “Aslina” after her late grandmother. Ntsiki has fond memories of her grandmother and recognizes her as a pillar of support during her long journey and struggle to success in an industry dominated by men.

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