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Ntsiki Biyela became a winemaker

2003 - Ntsiki Biyela became a winemaker

Ntsiki Biyela, a South African winemaker and entrepreneur who owns Aslina wines, was born in 1978. She formerly held the position of chief winemaker at Stellekaya Wines, where Biyela made history as the country’s first black woman to hold the position. Biyela received the 2009 South African Woman Winemaker of the Year award. Biyela recognized Black South Africans as a sizable untapped market because they weren’t traditionally wine drinkers and weren’t being courted by White South African wineries. Those who are “not well-versed in European winespeak” frequently find the flavor references used to describe wine to be unfamiliar. Biyela characterizes her wines by evoking familiar tastes, such as comparing a wine’s perfume to that of amasi, a regional fermented milk product, rather than to truffles. Biyela serves on the board of the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which trains young people in the Cape Winelands to work in the business.

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