Ah! Madiba, Sopitsho, Yem-Yem, Ngqolomsila, Velabambhentsele, Madibindonga, Zondwa Zintshaba.

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.

As Africans, we believe that community is an extension of our family and we strive to uphold our values in the way we interact with everyone around us. Openness, honesty, empathy and patience are the cornerstones of how we form bonds with our immediate and extended families. We strongly believe in a sense of humility, integrity and a common notion that our problems can be solved more effectively when we open our hearts, our minds and come together. It is this long–held tradition that has led us to create a brand of wines that embodies such important values.

CHOOSING OUR PARTNERS.
“In water one sees one’s own face; but in wine, one beholds the heart of another.”

-FRENCH PROVERB

Through the House of Mandela, our intention is to showcase the best of what South Africa has to offer. In light of this, we chose D’Aria as our producer. D’Aria as we know it today, is one of Durbanville’s top wine estates. Not only is it known for all the facilities offered on the estate, but it is also widely acclaimed for the wines produced there. The land on which D’Aria is based comprises of two wine farms, namely Doordekraal and Springfield.

The history of Springfield dates to 1698 when the governor of the Cape first granted this farmland, then known as “Hooge Bergs Vallei”, thereby making it one of the oldest and most significant farmlands in what is now known as the greater Cape Town. Centuries later, in 1998 and 1999, Barinor purchased this land and it became known as D’Aria.

D’Aria originated in 2008 with our very first crop. With its beautiful surroundings, delicious wines, and world-class facilities, we have become a recommended wine estate in a relatively brief time span.

King Ngubengcuka.

The king of the Thembus.

Our ancestor King Ngubengcuka who ruled the Thembu Nation from 1790 to 1830 united the Thembu’s under one nation. He was said to have merged with fugitives from other clans and embraced diversity in its fullest form when the status quo at the time was to fully defend your own tribe against other groups. He took this diversity and channeled it into an unstoppable force. He believed that the strength of the Thembu Nation lied in their unity.

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.

Family tree.

“The family tree is like a vine that grows.
It’s who we are and where we come from.”

-MAKI MANDELA

Qunu, Eastern Cape.

Our foundation.

THE BEE.

“When our father and grandfather went to his ancestral home after his release from prison, he was followed by a swarm of bees all the way from the airport to his home. This symbolized good tidings and blessings from his ancestors as they were welcoming him home.”

The Bee is our family’s totem symbol and represents the House of Mandela. It is the literal translation of our father and grandfather’s name  Rolihlahla; colloquially meaning, “One who is brave enough to challenge the status quo.” The wings represent the many branches of our family  tree.

In addition to representing courage, it also represents compassion and a concern for others. Through sharing acts of kindness, it invokes numerous relationship circles with family, friends and the broader community. It has a central function in our ecosystem as the pollinator of food crops and without it our world would be changed forever.