We are the proud progeny of the Royal House of Mandela, an African family dedicated to the preservation of our history, culture and family. Our history, culture and family values are closely linked with the life and times of Africa, her people, resilience, compassion and courage.
The Mandela name is one of heritage, strong values and royalty. The Mandelas are the descendants of a royal bloodline that dates back to the 18th century when Thembu Land was part of the royal kingdom of the Eastern Cape. Our legacy can be traced back to King Ngubengcuka, the king of the Thembus; tracing back to a small village in the Eastern Cape, where the great Chief Mphakanyiswa of Mvezo and father to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ruled. Our history is steeped in tradition, family values and a strong sense of community. We are proud of our heritage and believe that only when we understand and appreciate where we come from is it possible to achieve a state of enlightenment and progress in our journey through life.
House of Mandela Wines was conceived in 2010 by Dr. Makaziwe and Tukwini Mandela, the former South African president’s daughter and granddaughter. The family decided to enter the wine business after their research showed how much it contributes to the South African economy. Wine consultant Lynne Sherriff was engaged to seek out family-owned growers that treat employees well; respect the land; and pay special attention to maintaining the biodiversity of South Africa for future generations.
Social responsibility is at the forefront of what drives the House of Mandela business with plans to donate from 5 to 15 percent of the proceeds to charitable efforts related to education, health, agriculture and alternative energy in South Africa. The Thembu Collection, named after the tribe of their family is Fair Trade certified. These popular and accessible wines stem from the best-in-breed wine regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl.