Before you run back to the liqour store to restock your depleted alcohol stocks, scroll down and discover homegrown options. I was looking for black wineries to support when, like kisment, I came across a Twitter thread asking users to tweet their favourites. Following the thread, I found that the options are plenty. In addition to wines, the thread revealed locally handcrafted spirits, beers and ciders, and mixers.
Local black-owned wineries
This black-female-owned winery is the brainchild of Siwela Masoga, a biotechnologist with a passion for winemaking. She bootstrapped the start-up before getting access to funding, and credits re-investing into the business as her part of her success formula. With grapes sourced in the Stellenbosch area, her wine range includes sparkling wines, MCCs, a white option – Gewurztraminer, and three red blends.
This winery focuses on a single vineyard in Elge Valley, Stellenbosch, and cellars in Woodstock. The founder, former investment banker Mphumi Ndlangisa, sees his change in careers as simply returning to his first love of agriculture. He produced his first wines in 2014, a chenin blanc and a pinot noir. Success from these first offerings gave him that confidence boost to go into winemaking full time. Now he has a range of nine premium quality wines.
You can find my recommendation of mainstream wineries from my post on Franschoek HERE.
Gallery of local black wine producers
If you’re looking for off path wine tasting adventure, try the Orange River Wine Route.Find out more about the wineries around the Orange River HERE.
Local Craft Spirits
Most of the listed producers fell in this class. Gins, vodkas, and brandies, with gin being the most abandant. Which is no suprise as its the simplest of the craft alchols to make. It is a neutral base spirit like vodka flavoured with botanicals.
Top spirit picks
Mostly because its is the only brandy in a sea of vodkas and gins. His page credits him as the first black owned brandy in Africa. Accuracy unclear, but what is clear is the scarcity of black brandy makers on the continent, His method involves aging the brandy for 3 years in oak casts; 100% Double Potstill Distilled.
This Sunday Time’s SA’s Best Gin, is the most awarded SA gin and comes in three flavours, citrus, floral and spice. Its three gins won silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. It is distilled by Craft Link Distellery in Johannesburg.
More locally crafted spirits
Beers and Ciders
There are a few established breweries that have been around for years. And it seems a township is not cool until it has its own brewery. Below are some of the breweries picked up.
This impressive ship is the first black female majority owned brewing company in South Africa. At the healm is founder Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela. The Brewsters Craft was established in 2015 and is currently the leading provider of training, quality analysis and consultant services within the South Africa brewing industry. The flagship beer is the Tolokazi.
School friends Phumlani Khulu and Kgotso Mokhatle are the dynamic duo behind this impressive brewery. Based in Newtown Johannesburg, the hub of all things trendy and cool, it is at the door step of its target market. Their beer, Newton Larger, a full-bodied experence from piney hobs fermented with citrus notes. On the lighter side they offer City Lights.
Other brewery offerings
Bold Brew belongs to formidable team of women. There are dozens more around, this is by no means a comprehensive list.
The options are plenty. Distribution is the main challenge for new producers. Please share this to encourage buying local, and let me know of some of your favourite local up and coming brands.