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| Kiara Scott | Winemaker: Brookdale Estate

Kiara was born on the Cape Flats and graduated from Elsenberg in Viticulture and Oenology. She was selected for the prestigious CWG Protégé Programme and during this three-year tenure she gained valuable experience working with David Nieuwoudt (Cederberg Cellars), Carl van de Merwe (De Morgenzon) and Charles Hopkins (De Grendel). She also made full use of international opportunities to work vintages in the Rhône Valley, Sancerre and the Russian River in Sonoma. Winemaker Duncan Savage (Savage Wines) recognised her potential early on and appointed her as his assistant winemaker. After spending two years with Savage, Scott was appointed as winemaker at Brookdale, where she officially took the reins from the 2019 vintage.

| Berene Sauls | Owner: Tesselaarsdal Wines

Berene grew up in a small village called Tesselaarsdal situated North East of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, in the Overberg region. Tesselaarsdal has a unique history where East India Company settler, Johannes Tesselaar, left his land to his freed slaves to farm upon his death in 1810. After completing school she joined Hamilton Russell Vineyards in February 2001 as an au pair. She then moved to an administrative position dealing with logistics and exports. Here she became interested in the many aspects of the business and the delicate process from grape to bottle, the layers of wine culture and the excitement of each harvest. Fifteen years after starting her career in the Hemel-en-Aarde she was given the opportunity to start her own wine business with the assistance of Hamilton Russell’s winemaker, Emul Ross, and the vineyard team. Today Berene produces a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. She is planning to plant her own vineyards in Tesselaarsdal, Overberg, where she will continue to focus on these two varieties.

| Petrus Bosman | Managing director: Bosman Family Vineyards

Petrus founded and grew the wine division, Bosman Family Vineyards, supported by his brothers who head up the vineyard and plant improvement divisions. He spearheaded the formation of the Adama Workers’ Trust where currently 262 permanent employees have 26 percent ownership of 700ha of vineyard land and the Bosman Adama operations. Of this land, 400ha is Fairtrade accredited for wine and grape production. In 2019, he co- founded the majority black owned, female management company, Adama Wines.

| Praisy Diamini | General Manager & Winemaker: Adama Wines

Praisy, was born in a small town called Empangeni- Northern KwaZulu-Natal, one of the nine provinces in South Africa. She matriculated in KwaZulu Natal and went to Stellenbosch to further her studies in Viticulture and Oenology. She completed her BAgric degree at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute in 2007. There after she joined the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé programme for a further three years. Praisy has worked in the South African wine industry as winemaker for about 11 years including as a sales consultant where she travelled to other countries around the world. She is now the general manager for Adama Wines in Wellington where she oversees the operations of the business. Adama Wines is a pioneer in transformation within the wine industry. Praisy continues to study Business Management.