Nelson Mandela's Family Launches Wine Company

Political reformer's daughter, granddaughter joined the wine business

A lot of big names have tried their hands at the wine business. There's Coppola, Barrymore, Pitt, and now even Mandela, as the family of the political reformer and former president of South Africa has launched a line of wines.

According to the Huffington Post, House of Mandela Wines launched its line of red, white, and sparkling wines at the 2013 South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The bottles have screw caps and are emblazoned with the company's bee-shaped logo, which the company says symbolizes compassion, sharing, humanity, and "one who is brave enough to challenge the status quo."

"We are praising our ancestors," said Tukwini Mandela, Nelson Mandela's granddaughter. "We are telling the story of our family and who we come from with these wines so it's only natural that we would use the name Mandela."

"The wine movement is growing," she continued. "More and more people are experimenting with wine beyond spirit drinks. And there's a large segment of the black community who is interested in wine now."


House of Mandela Wines range from $12 to $50 a bottle, and the company says it intends to donate a portion of proceeds from its wines to charitable groups in South Africa.