Ntsiki Biyela is a force to be reckoned with in the world of winemaking. Biyela comes from a small village called Mahlabatini in rural KwaZulu-Natal in Zululand. In 1996, she graduated from high school and got a job as a domestic worker which she did for a year.
After several attempts to secure grant applications to study at the university, Biyela finally got the opportunity to study Viticulture and Oenology at the prestigious Stellenbosch University. This opportunity was sponsored by South African Airways in 1998. At that time, the airways were giving out a number of wine making scholarships. This enabled her to complete her tertiary studies on a full scholarship. In 2003, she graduated with a bachelor of science in Agriculture.