Aslina is a wine company owned by Ntsiki Biyela, the first black woman winemaker in South Africa. She is a highly awarded winemaker, and in September 2017 was named among the Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, by a joint effort of Food & Wine Magazine with Fortune Magazine. Ntsiki grew up in Mahlabathini, a rural village in KwaZulu Natal. After graduating high school, she spent a year as a domestic worker. She received a scholarship to study winemaking in 1999 and graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology) at Stellenbosch University. For 13 years she was the winemaker of Stellekaya wines. In 2012, she participated in Wine for the World's first collaborative wine series, which was designed to showcase up-and-coming winemaking talent. The collaboration enabled Ntsiki to continue her inspiring journey by launching her own brand, Aslina, named after her grandmother. Ntsiki has received extensive media coverage throughout the world over the course of her career, including features on CNN, the front page of the New York Times, CNBC, SABC, Good Morning America, among others. She now sits on the board of directors for the nonprofit Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which provides technical training and personal development for young South Africans in the Cape Winelands who wish to work in the wine industry. The program offers them the unique opportunity to emulate her own considerable success.
The Brintziki Estate is a producer of indigenous, rare varietals and is considered Greece’s first "green" winery. Located in the Peloponnese near Ancient Olympia, the family-owned property is organic and completely carbon-neutral through the use of renewable solar and geothermal energy. They grow indigenous varietals – some, like the Tinaktorogos, old enough to be referenced by Homer – and use natural yeast for most of their wines. Their 15 hectare, clay-soil property sits 300 m above sea level near the river Enipeas. Husband and wife team, Dionysios and Dionysia, were originally professional musicians and took over the family winemaking business in 1994. The family showcases wines that are beautiful, authentic demonstrations of the diversity that Greece has to offer. The Brintzikis also play an important role in their community by providing a local gathering place for the Arts. The amphitheater on their property is offered to the community to host plays and concerts.