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Nelson Mandela’s Family Launches Wine Venture

on 22/02/13 at 2:05 pm


imagesIt’s no surprise that South African wines will be poured at this weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but the name of one line takes you aback: Mandela, as in Nelson Mandela, the nation’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president.

The elder statesman’s daughter Makaziwe and granddaughter Tukwini, who began immersing themselves in grape culture 2 1/2 years ago at the suggestion of a family friend, will introduce House of Mandela wines to the U.S. market at the 12th annual festival.

“In the beginning, it wasn’t something we were esteemed to do,” Tukwini Mandela said in a telephone interview. “South Africa is essentially a brown-bag, Foster’s [beer]-drinking country.”

Now the label’s marketing director, she was previously the marketing head of Absa Wealth and Private Bank. Her mother, an anthropologist, is chairwoman of House of Mandela.