Meet Nelson Mandela: global citizen, revolutionary, Nobel laureate andâ€¦winemaker.
Yes, the father of modern-day South Africa has added the latter to his long list of skills and accomplishments â€“ in a sense. With his blessing, his daughter and eldest surviving child Makaziwe (or Maki, for short) and granddaughter Tukwini recently launched the House of Mandela label â€“ an attempt to introduce South Africa wine to a broader international audience, including the all-important market of the United States.
Maki admits she was initially skeptical when the family proposed the idea back in 2005. â€śWhy wine?â€ť she recalls asking at the time. But then she quickly learned the answer: Wine is not only a vital part of South Africaâ€™s economy â€“ South Africa is the eighth largest wine producer in the world and its wine industry employs more than 400,000 people â€“ itâ€™s also a product that speaks to the Mandela familyâ€™s history and rural/agricultural roots and its sense of passion and pride.
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