According to an American publication, Wine Enthusiast, South African winemaker, Andrea Mullineux has been named as its Winemaker of the Year.
Wine Enthusiast uses the award platform to recognize and appreciate the ‘groundbreaking vision’ and contributions of winemakers in the industry.
Andrea Mullineux ‘s award will be the first time the award will be going to South Africa. While so, it will not also be the first time the SA wine award recipient have been acknowledged for her exceptional mark in South Africa’s wine making industry.
Andrea is not a South African by origin; she is from California. Since 2007, Andrea and her spouse, has been running Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in S.A.
Andrea Mullineux said:
“The wine in South Africa for me has always been amazing, that is why I came to this country and why I wanted to start a business here. But on the international stage, I feel like this will uplift the whole of the South African wine industry.”
Mullineux & Leeu Family wines emerged Platter’s Winery of the Year in both 2014 and 2016. Andrea hopes that this award will be a revelation and booster of the internationally acclaimed South African wines.
Brief History Of South African Wine:
The roots of the South African wine industry can be traced to the explorations of the Dutch East India Company (Wikipedia). By 1659, the first known vineyard was Constantia, located near the present day Cape Town, the 2nd most populous urban area in S.A, after Johannesburg.
Think wine in S.A, think Cape Town. Did you know that Cape Town is practically the supply station of South African wines?
The wine-lands in Cape Town have become attractions for tourists who are wine lovers. Feel free to go sightseeing or wine tasting in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek towns.
South African wines have always been there, having it’s rise and falls. There were about 80 million vines and well over that number by the beginning of the 20th century.
The wine industry took a turn for the best after the Apartheid era, thanks to the economic and tech-revolution in industries. Now S.A wines are getting the international recognition that they deserve.