A little background on Nelson Mandela
July 18 is Nelson Mandela Day. We use this day to remember the actions of a great man and a great leader who throughout his life tried to make this world a better place. Besides being a great leader, Nelson Mandela was also a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle… he was part of a family and the family’s past and present are all part of the House of Mandela name.
Nelson Mandela’s 4 pillars were:
1) Education & Literacy
2) Food & Security
3) Shelter & Infrastructure
Since 2010, his daughter and granddaughter have taken those values and instilled them in their wines; House of Mandela.
House of Mandela Wines
In 2010, with Madiba’s (Nelson Mandela’s clan name used as a sign of respect and affection) blessing, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela (daughter of the late Nelson Mandela) and her daughter, Tukwini Mandela, started the wine company in his honour called House of Mandela.
They are wine negotiants which means they do not grow the grapes or make the wine themselves. They buy the wine from other wineries and blend it, bottle it and label it themselves.
“We do not bottle anything we don’t like” says Tukwini in this TV interview with CBC News in Winnipeg, Canada.
They were very selective in choosing their winery partners. After a national competition between 32 of South Africa’s best wineries, six wineries were chosen which espoused the same values that the House of Mandela represents: openness, warmth and family.
“The wineries had to be ethical in their practices and honest in their communication, as well as maintain the biodiversity of their land for future generations.”
The Mandelas are also staunch proponents of Fair Trade. They attach a premium to the prices of their wines which go directly to the farmers and laborers as well as to programs which promote their education, housing, health and empowerment.
Video: House of Madela Wine
House of Mandela offers 4 different wine series and one Brut Champagne. The series includes:
This River, has a lot of significance for us as Thembu people. It represents strength, power, royalty and the never-ending cycle of our lineage and legacy.
As you sip this wine, we invite you to participate in keeping the Madiba spirit alive.
Royal Reserve Collection
Three wineries located in the Western Cape region produced our Royal Reserve Collection, our pride and joy, and the pinnacle range of wines. Stringent quality control resulted in only three wines being accepted into The Royal Reserve. The chosen wines embody the virtues of royalty while maintaining the humility of the Thembu people.
In order for the wines to be selected for this label they had to exhibit qualities that reflected the status bestowed upon them. They had to be inviting in their flavours, subtle in their tones and evoke pride with their uniqueness. For the wines to bear the Mandela name, they were judged on the highest standards.
The Thembu Collection is inspired by the Thembu people who were hospitable, disposed to peace rather than war and dedicated to their rulers. The Thembu Royals presided over a democratic system of decision-making. They were a proud people who commanded the respect and trust of their people. They had a deep appreciation of nature and their land, a warmth, compassion and rapport with all kinds of people.
These wines embody these values; easy to drink and accessible. Seven varietals have been produced for this range, four red (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage) as well as three white (Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc).
Vusani Wine Series
Vusani was the name of our ancestor King Ngubengcuka colloquially meaning ‘let the Thembu nation rise’ – through strong family values – discipline, courage, love and a sense of community. It is these strong – held traditions that have led us to create a brand of wines that embody such important values.
They are best appreciated when people come together and share stories and learn lessons from those who have travelled the road of life before them.
While Nelson Mandela himself enjoyed sweet dessert wines, we suggest you try your favourite varietal and raise a glass to Nelson Mandela!
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