OUR INSPIRATIONAL STORY
Siwela Wines Pty Ltd is a proudly South African, female black owned wine company. We are passionate about what we do, strive to produce unique and accessible wines with consistent quality. Siwela is the founder’s first name and an indigenous name which means crossing over in IsiZulu. Siwela echoes the journey of a young black female who, through a leap of faith, passion and determination crossed over to a male and white dominated industry. The story which inspires everyone to take on challenges head on without any fear of stereotyped society /industry and limitation. We at Siwela Wines believe that there is no hurdle too steep, we are born to inspire!
OUR WINE MAKING PHILOSOPHY
Our grape vines thrive best in climates with long warm summers, and rainy winters. Warm weather during the growing period enables our grape vines to flower, fruit set and ripen. Led by our passion to introduce them to our scientific and delicate wine making techniques to produce timeless and finest high quality wines. The grapes are hand harvested early in the morning to ensure the grapes are kept cool preserving the quality of the grapes, handcrafted to offer you the warmth and our sense of passion for wine. We strive to offer consistency in the quality of our products with a strong and highly qualified team, to be honoured by our extended family.
- To grow a sustainable brand both locally and internationally by 2025.
- To inspire a generation to become active role players within the South African wine industry.
- To encourage black, female wine enthusiast’s participation in wine economy
Siwela Wines Director
Siwela Sweetness Masoga is a biotechnologist, winemaker and owner (CEO) of Siwela Wines Pty Ltd. The founder was born in Soweto, Gauteng Province and raised in Marulaneng-Ga- Mphahlele, a small village in Limpopo. She studied biotechnology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. As part of the programme, she majored in microbiology and fermentation focusing on various scientic processes involved in wine making such as growth kinetics, microbial activity, factors and controls during fermentation, nutrient and substrate uptakes during the winemaking process. It was during her studies that she began to have an interest in winemaking and her curiosity in the field began to deepen. Unlike many wine professionals, Siwela didn’t grow up in a wine region nor winemaking family. Infact she had no prior knowledge, because they don’t make wine up in the north. Nonetheless, she navigated into wine through Biotechnology. Siwela embarked on a series of internships, part- time and full-time roles within the wine industry in the heart Stellenbosch. During this period she worked throughout various departments such as the cellar ( production), sales and quality in wine and spirits. She continued with her wine education both formally and informally leading to various accolades and certificates in wine. Siwela while working in the industry realized the need for transformation within the sector, she then decided to establish her own brand with the aim to inspire other young people to be active role players in the industry. In the past years, Siwela has been invited as a speaker on numerous platforms including a lecture focusing on the wine business and related topics with 15 masters students from The University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy.