Ntsiki Biyela -The First Female South African Winemaker

Ntsiki Biyela is a force to be reckoned with in the world of winemaking. She comes from a small village called Mahlabatini in rural KwaZulu-Natal. She started her career as a domestic worker and as luck would have it, she landed herself a scholarship and studied Viticulture and Oenology at the prestigious Stellenbosch University.

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Fast forward to 2020,  it’s exciting to learn that Ntsiki has been running her own company called Alsina Wines. Named after her late grandmother, Aslina, who she draws inspiration from as she gave her all the life lessons and guidance she needed to become the woman that she is today.

As the first female black winemaker in South Africa, she has been featured on the likes of Forbes, CNN and other reputable media platforms. There are about less than 10 black professional winemakers in South Africa currently and so this makes her a legend in her own right.

Ntsiki is passionate about making wine accessible to everyone and believes that winemaking is centred around memories, both old and new ones. She is also passionate about passing on her skills to those who have never had access to this world. She always looks to uplift and provide technical training.

As an inspirational woman, her wines have won several awards and she distributes them to countries such as Taiwan, Netherlands, America, Germany and Ghana. She has definitely made a mark in South Africa, especially knowing  that it is  a country already known for making groundbreaking and exciting wines.

The wines which Ntsiki produces are a range of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Umsasane. All of these have been created with love and great passion.

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