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An interview with Zimbabwean winemaker, Caroline Rwendo

Afrique Beat News recently had an interview with Zimbabwean winemaker, Caroline Rwendo on her wine and how she got into the industry.

Also known as enologists or vintners, winemakers oversee production at wineries and vineyards.

Who is Caroline?

I was born and bred in Marondera. I spent most of my time in school because of my parent’s busy schedule. I became a boarder and during the school holidays I would go to the farm.
I then went on to study Business and Marketing Management with London Center of Marketing and later on Blackfordby College of Agriculture. After discovering about wine from an article, I left for Capetown to look for work and start my wine studies.

Caroline Rwendo

Why did you decide to make wine?

I got into the industry by God’s grace , I was at a point of thinking about what should I do with my life. No job, no money and life was at a stand still for me.
I was supposed to be running our family farm but instead there were many changes and challenges beyond my control and I could not run our family farm. I then looked for Joseph Dhafana after my mom read his article and I left for Capetown to start my wine school and journey.

Has it always be your dream?

Lol! I never knew about wines ever in my life. Growing up l always wanted to be in business but had no idea which path to take.

What keeps you motivated?

Challenges motivate me. When I see hurdles along the way I want to overcome them. When I do, I’m satisfied then wait for the next one.
Learning new things, the business world has many challenges but there are so many lessons to learn.

Any advice for the unemployed youth out there?

No one is coming to save you. You have to be vigilant and put on your thinking cap and make something out of nothing.

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About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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