Meet Ntsiki Biyela: The first black woman making name as a wine maker

Meet Ntsiki Biyela: The first black woman making name as a wine maker

Ntsiki Biyela is making South Africans proud by being a wine-making pioneer for black females. In 2004 already, she was making headlines because she was changing the way people see women in the wine industry.

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Ntsiki Biyela was born in Mahlabathini, KwaZulu-Natal and when she first tasted wine she didn't like it at all. But today she's the proud owner of Aslina Winery and produces some of South Africa's finest wines.

Aslina Winery is based in Cape Town and produces wines that some people can't even pronounce: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux blend, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

South Africans aren't the only ones enjoying Nstiki's wine - she also exports to Ghana, the USA, Germany, Denmark and Taiwan.

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Ntsiki named her winery after her grandmother and she admitted that it wasn't easy to make her first mark on the market.

She added that she didn't ever consider her current career, in fact, she wanted to be a chemical engineer. She couldn't pursue this dream because of money so started doing domestic work.

But she earned a scholarship from the South African Airways oenology (the study of wine) and viticulture(study of grapes) at the University of Stellenbosch in 1999. This is when she fell in love with the art of making good wine.

When she completed her degree she joined the wine producer Stellekaya in the Stellenbosch district. She learned a great deal there and this led to her starting her own winemaking company in 2012.

Ntsiki's success story is far from over and already she's an inspiration to South African women. Now that's girl power!

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