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SA female winemaker wins top US wine award

American publication 'Wine Enthusiast' has named a South African as its Winemaker of the Year for the first time ever.

Andrea Mullineux. Picture: mlfwines.com

CAPE TOWN - American publication Wine Enthusiast has named a South African as its Winemaker of the Year for the first time ever.

The awards honour individuals who have contributed to the success of the industry and those who show ‘groundbreaking vision’.

The winner, Andrea Mullineux who is originally from California, has been running Mullineux and Leeu family wines with her husband since 2007.

Together they have raked in many accolades including Platter's Winery of the Year in both 2014 and 2016.

Mullineux says she hopes this award highlights the great South African wine industry.

“The wine in South Africa for me has always been amazing, that is why I came to this country and why I wanted to start a business here. But on the international stage, I feel like this will uplift the whole of the South African wine industry.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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