South African women in wine
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Women winemakers in South Africa are in short supply but these feminine gems are on the slow and steady increase.


Below are three notable female winemakers in South Africa:

Carmen Stevens, Amani Vineyards
Carmen has been working at Amani since 2005 and continually strives to learn more about wine and advance her career. Her focus on quality has enhanced Amani's wines and have resulted in international attention and awards. Carmen has also recently launched her own range of wines through Online wine retailer Naked Wines and her range includes the Angel’s Reserve Chenin Blanc and the Angel’s Reserve Shiraz that feature labels designed by Carmen's daughters. (Click here to read more about Carmen)

Rianie Strydom, Haskell Vineyards and Dombeya Wines Cellar Master
Rianie took up the dual role of General manager and winemaker for both the Haskell and Dombeya wine ranges in 2004 and since then she has managed to collect a number of awards under both both labels and win international acclaim for the brands. Rianie was also the first South African women to be invited to attend the Wine Entre Femme gathering in Napa Valley California last year after being invited by UK wine guru, Jancis Robinson MW. Rianie is also the only woman winemaker who is currently a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild. (Click here to read more about Rianie)

Erika Obermeyer, Graham Beck Wines Franschhoek Winemaker
Erika started her career at Graham Beck in 2005 armed with international experience which spanned the globe from France to America and Australia. Her first harvest at Graham Beck saw her express her true passion for Sauvignon blanc and led to the first vintage of her pride and joy, the Pheasant's Run Sauvignon Blanc. Erika is also a Woman Winemaker of the year winner (in 2008) and has judged on a number of competition panels, the latest of which includes the SA Young Wine Show where she was the Sauvignon blanc panel convenor. (Click here to read more about Erika)

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