First Georgian Lady winemaker who works in South Africa
06 March, 2018
First Georgian Lady winemaker who works in South Africa
One of the main reasons why I chose this profession was to break the stereotype that winemaking is only the men’s business, says 23 years old Georgian girl Anano Vekua, who studied winemaking at Agrarian University. According to her, in her family no one works in this direction. Currently, Anano is working in South Africa, in one
of the largest wine companies and is getting more experience. Anano elaborates on the difference between African and Georgian wines and the way of using this huge experience in her homeland.

I graduated from the Agrarian University, Winery-Viticulture faculty. Now I am pursuing Master’s degree, and I am working in large Georgian wine company at the same time.
Anano Vekua

-How did you get to work in South Africa?

Within frames of one programme I have been able to work in Robertson, the second largest wine company in South Africa. Now there is grape harvesting time here, so we are going to get 60 thousand tons of grapes. I'm involved in each process, and I am trying my best to learn as much as possible.

- Being a winemaker is a little bit unusual for a girl.

-One of the main reasons why I chose this profession was to break the stereotype that winemaking is only the men’s job. Many people were very surprised because of my decision. I like the culture of winemaking; I am interested in the difficult chemical and microbiological processes of making this beverage. In reality, this profession is very gambling, with continuous experiments and risks. Perhaps these very challenges make this business interesting. It is very stressful at the same time, but the feeling of responsibility do not allow me to relax.
-What kind of grapes and vineyards do they have in South Africa? Are they similar to Georgian?

- There is a very dry climate here and large areas are unsuitable for agriculture, yet they still manage to grow many species of fruit and vegetables. Flowers, cereals, viticulture and winemaking are leading industries. The vineyards area is about 100 thousand hectares. South Africa It is considered a new winemaking country, but as of 2016 it is the seventh among the world's producers.

-Which species of grapes are grown there?

Mostly French, and I also came across some German species. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, etc.

Of course, depending on the soil and climate, the vineyard cultivation and care system is different from ours.

-The technique of winemaking is also interesting.

The main line is the same as with us (I do not mean Kvevri technology) but the difference lies in the details, that ultimately makes the product different and special.

I study these details here, to make a comparison and apply these techniques to Georgian varieties.

-In particular, where are you based and in which language do you communicate?

-I live in Cape Town, near the city of Robertson. Here are 11 official languages. Most of the population knows basic English, and some of them speak fluent English. In addition, it is not difficult for me to communicate. The locals are joyful people and despite the fact that most of them live in quite difficult conditions, they still have a mood to dance.

- How are you going to use this experience in Georgia?

- The experience I have gained here is very important to me. I permanently think how I can apply my practices in Georgia, how it will work, what will make our products more valuable. I learned a lot about the peculiarity and potential of grape varieties. I have my favorite Georgian grape varieties whose names are unknown to many, for example, Rachian Mtsvivani, Tsivvazi, Buza.
Vineyards in South Africa

-What are your future plans?

-I want to have a vineyard with a little wine cellar. I have many plans, but, as usual, everything changes. Last year, I could not even think that I would attend grape harvest in Africa, or I would become the member of the National Wine Agency’s tasting commission. It is very rapidly growing and flexible direction, so the plans often change. After Africa, it would be good for me to go in one of the Europe’s wine countries for studying and practicing.

Author: Lali Patsia

Related stories:

Georgia's lady winemaker - Baia’s wines already on sale

A Lady Winemaker in Georgia

Young Georgian winemaker’s wine may enter British market

Georgian products represented at International Green Week Berlin

Georgian wine vs. popular international varieties - Famous Master of Wine gives comparison
Other Stories
EU Officials Full of Praise of Georgian Youth
It would be unfair to say that the EU rarely offers us, Georgians, word of encouragement.
Georgia’s Surami Baiantkhevi Park at risk – Public petition
Baiantkhevi Park, located in townlet Surami, Georgia's Shida Kartli Region, is at risk.
Taleb Says High Bankruptcy Rate Is Good Economic Sign
The author of bestsellers Black Swan and Antifragile talked about why Silicon Valley is more successful
Citizens gather to protest Georgian man’s death in Georgia’s occupied region
An event under the title “Peace is more than War” was held in the Freedom Square
Khinkali Georgian dumpling claimed by Russian fast food in Manhattan
Recently, America-based Georgian journalist Tsisnami Sakvarlishvili came across quite unpleasant accident
Kono Model – Japanese model of business management that boosts customer satisfaction
Japanese surnames are always associated with innovation, development and Noriaki Kano is no exception.
New mobile application for Georgia’s ski resorts already available
From now on anyone can get thorough and detailed information about Georgia’s winter resorts
Unique opportunity for winemakers - make your wine special!
The project "10 Georgian wines to try through lifetime" is getting closer to its culmination.
Eisenberg Paris cosmetics–Perfect gift for International Women's Day
International women’s Day is approaching, and all men are thinking about how to bring joy and happiness to their beloved ones.
Smoking bans to come into effect from May in Georgia
From May 1, 2018, the law on tobacco control will come into force in Georgia,
Swearing and harassment in public places to be fined by GEL 500 - 1000
Minor hooliganism will be fined by GEL 500-1000 instead of GEL 100.
Lunch in Tbilisi’s highest skyscraper
At the elevation of 256 meters, eleven workers are sitting on a girder without special equipment,
Duration of Bachelor's Degree program to be reduced to 3 years, Master's Degree program – to 1 year
Duration of the Bachelor's degree program will be reduced from the current 4 years to 3 years
Georgian boy runs away to the zoo, finds it closed – BBC
Dato Nozadze, 10-years-old boy who has recently escaped home to see Tbilisi Zoo became very popular
6 Georgian designers participated in Milan International Exhibition Pitti Super
Georgian fashion industry is gaining more and more interest internationally.
Georgian Politician Gia Maisashvili passes away aged 56
Politician and founder of the School of Leaders Gia Maisashvili passed away at the age of 56.
February 23 commemorates Georgian cadets who fought Soviet Red Army
23 February marks Georgian cadets’ day and pays respect to the brave Georgian soldiers.
Georgian fishermen found Sea Devil in Chakvi seaside resort
Georgian fishermen have found unique kind of fish in Chakvi, a resort town in Georgia
Police officers made little boy’s dream come true and took him to the zoo
Recently a little boy from Georgia’s Khashuri town got lost. As it later turned out 10-year-old Dato Nozadze escaped his house
Georgia has the lowest anti-corruption index in the region
Transparency International, the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption,
Little boy who escaped home to see Tbilisi Zoo returns to his parents
Dato Nozadze, 10-years-old boy from Khashuri, a town in the central part of Georgia, was found missing
Georgia marks 97th anniversary of the adoption of its first constitution
Georgia celebrates the anniversary of the country’s first democratic constitution,
Tbilisi Mayor: the fine for construction violations might amount to 30,000 GEL
We are facing a deplorable reality - construction permits have been issued on about 6 million square meters,
“Deprived Adolescence” - UNFPA Georgia presents the photo exhibition by Daro Sulakauri
UNFPA Georgia presents the photo exhibition by Georgian photojournalist Daro Sulakauri “Deprived of Adolescence”
Unique platform “Einstein’s Sunday school” launched in Georgia
Kant’s Academy, in partnership with the European School, established a new unique platform
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
Popular British singer Tony O'Malley performance in Georgian language has recently gone viral on social media.
Russian-based Georgian singer Keta Topuria, lead singer of A-Studio pop band,
Young people are needed in Georgia’s agriculture but are leaving the rural areas for the city. By modernizing the Vocational Education system, an internationally funded programme makes efforts to attract Georgia’s youth to stay and work in the villages.
Photographer Daro Sulakauri has recently published a photo project on the villages bordering the breakaway regions of South Ossetia (Tskhinvali Region) and Abkhazia.
Like many Eastern European countries, Georgia started the celebrations for Christmas Eve during the night of the 6th of January.
Christmas has always been a special celebration in Georgia.
It happened practically overnight: Tbilisi has dressed up for Christmas.
The 21-year-old Georgian singer Natia Todua is the new “Voice of Germany”.
GEL Exchange