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Posted by Cheryl on Sat November 20, 2021 in Food & Wine.

“I get most satisfaction from waking up and being an inspiration to many other young people who might think their background cannot be associated with success. My advice is don't be scared to start something different, don't wait to know how everything will take place for you to be convinced to start. Just begin and let other people see you doing it first, especially if it’s a little different.”

We love good stories at Three Tree Hill. 📚
🍷 And... we love good wine!

So, this one fits both perfectly.Ntsiki Biyela (the fabulous woman winemaker & owner of Aslina Wines) grew up in a rural village, Mahlabathini, KwaZulu Natal. After matriculating, she worked as a domestic worker & was then awarded a scholarship to study winemaking in Stellenbosch. Ntsiki went on to become the head winemaker at Stellekaya Wines, where she became the first black female winemaker in South Africa.

Eventually she teamed up with American wine importer, Mika Bulmash from Wines for the World, whose goal was to support emerging winemakers through partnerships with US winemakers. After a few label & name changes she settled for Aslina. This is the name of Ntsiki's grandmother, who was and still is her inspiration for life.  Her grandmother's nickname was Umsasane, which refers to the 'umbrella tree' or 'flat-crowned Acacia' This is the inspiration for the name of her Bordeaux-style red blend. She also makes an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon plus Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc.

🇿🇦 If you would like to taste her proudly South African outstanding wines, come & stay with us at Three Tree Hill.