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M’hudi Wines: a growing black-owned family wine business
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M’Hudi Wines was the first black-owned, family-managed wine farm in South Africa. We speak to CEO Malmsey Rangaka about the journey this family has taken from being academics to wine producers

Almost a decade into democracy Malmsey Rangaka and her husband Diale swapped academics for wine farming, but this was totally by fluke. They bought a farm, and only realised afterwards in 2003, upon occupying the land that it was a wine farm with vineyards.

“It was not a well-thought-out plan. My husband loves farming, he comes from Phokeng and they had a farm with animals. He used to read farming magazines, but we did not plan to be wine farmers.”

It so happened that with their family living across the country either due to study or work, the Rangakas were looking for a place of serenity, where their family could spend time together. And the ideal place would be a farm, they thought.

“I said, we don’t have any farming experience, so whatever farm we get must be in an environment with support, must be a going concern and it must be something we’re passionate about.”

After looking at 21 farms, the Rangakas fell in love with a farm in Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape, which has now become the home of M’Hudi Wines. It became the first wine farm and BEE winery to be owned and managed by a black family. The name M’hudi is derived from the Setswana word “Mohudi” meaning “Harvester”.

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Tel: +27.614997263   Fax: +27.865282974   Email: malmsey@mhudi.com  
M'hudi Farm R101 Old Paarl Road Koelenhof P.O. Box 30, Stellenbosch, 7605, South Africa