The Aslina Story
Meet Ntsiki Biyela
She graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology) and joined boutique winery Stellekaya as their winemaker the following year.
Ntsiki’s ambition to create her own wines grew following a collaboration with Californian winemaker, Helen Kiplinger, as part of Mika Bulmash’s Wine for the World initiative.
It was over dinner and a glass of wine with her new colleagues in the USA that she shared the story of the inspiration behind her ambition.
Her beloved grandmother was the guiding light in her life and it became obvious that her new brand should be named Aslina in the matriarch’s honour.
Ntsiki was voted Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2009 and has been the finalist for two consecutive years for The Most Influential Women in Business and Government.
In 2017, she was listed in the world’s top 10 most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune’s Food & Wine.
In addition, her wines have won many awards including :
Old Mutual Trophy Awards 2020
2018 Umsasane – Bronze
Sakuru Awards, Japan 2019
Sakuru Awards, Japan 2018
Michelangelo International Awards 2018
Michelangelo International Awards 2017
Michelangelo International Awards 2019
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – Gold
Umsasane 2017 – Gold