South Africa, first cellarmaster,
In 2013 Nitsiki Biyela , the first female Zulu winemaker in South Africa, was invited to take part.
The Winemaker’s Collection was created in 2005 by owner Philippe Raoul and is designed to share the château’s broad range of terroirs and showcase the talents of wine designer’s. Every year, an internationally renowned wine maker is invited to the estate , selects a plot of vines , manages it up to the harvest, makes the resultant wines and ages them to produce his or her own blend.
Before Nitsiki, she follows on from Argentina winemaker Susana Balbo and Zelma Long the Mondavi Winery winemaker.
Head of wine making since 2004 at Stellakaya winery, near CapTown , Nitsiki blends wines drawing inspiration from French expertise in producing great growths. Winner of the 2009 “Female Wine Maker Trophy”, this wine “artist” made a name for herself by creating the first vintage wine at Stellakaya winery whilst at the same time energetically promoting South Africa Wines.