Celebrating women in wine By Karen Watkins - March 17, 2022 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Di Longmore of Constantia and Shelley Sandell of Kenilworth and owner of Tierhoek enjoying the Women in Wine event at Norval Foundation in Steenberg. The Norval Foundation in Steenberg celebrated women in wine at the weekend by hosting a wine tasting featuring female winemakers and employees from several Western Cape wine estates. MCC (Methode Cap Classique) winemaker Andiswa Mapheleba has been at Boschendal Wine Estate for three months and is enjoying working on her fifth harvest. Melissa Basson is head of tasting at Boschkloof Wines in Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch. Edie Stellenboom, and Pat Ohlson, wine consultants at Spier in Stellenbosch, believe that women winemakers – such as Heidi Dietstein who produces the wine estate’s Brut Rose and two of its red wines – are making progress in the industry. Steenberg Wine Farm consultant Gemma Snell, of Grassy Park, provides a tasting of the farm’s MCC to Keneilwe Senyatsi of Vredehoek, and Kgothatso Miya of Blouberg. Wine sales agent Kerry Sutherland of Camps Bay with Victoria Schwulst of Steenberg and Lauren Nixon of Constantia. Enjoying tasting Tierkloof’s 2019 Grenache Syrah Mouvedre, are, Kim Marais of Tokai with Greta and James Tunnicliffe of Constantia. David Meihuizen, standing in for his sick sister Rebecca, provides, a tasting of a collection of wines produced by small-scale growers, Earth Beneath our Feet, to De Grendel Wine Estate’s Jana van der Merwe.