With wine representing one of the largest industries in South Africa, it was only a logical step that the House of Mandela would enter into the industry and, what’s more, compete in the wine world on an international level, seen as the group launched their blends of red and white grapes at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, last week.
The champions of the House of Mandela Wines are Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, and granddaughter, Tukwini Mandela. The wines coming out of the House of Mandela follow three tracks; Royal Reserves that represent the groups fine wines line, the Thembu Collection, and a sparkling wine. Each wine come dressed in the Mandela family crest, the bee. The family explains the symbolism of the bee:
The wings of the bee represent the many branches of our family tree
Our ancestors father and grandfather Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela are its roots
Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, not only walked on the road that his ancestors travelled, he went beyond Thembuland, into the whole of South Africa and the world, spreading a message of liberation and hope and carrying Africa’s knowledge and moral inspiration
The House of Mandela wines have just recently been introduced to the United States, and the timing couldn’t be better given the recent negative press surrounding South Africa’s wine industry. The House of Mandela proclaims an approach to the industry that encompasses worker education, health and empowerment. Already, the number of black Africans actively participating in the South African wine trade, in leadership roles, is limited, and the Mandela addition to the group, actually contradicts some of the stronghold points in the negative criticisms raised against the SA wine industry.
Outside of South Africa, the House of Mandela Wines are available in China, eastern Europe, Brazil and now the US.