Ladies In The Alcohol Business

Ladies In The Alcohol Business


The women are taking the alcohol industry by storm. From collaborators to owning their own brands and now a woman who became the CEO of an international sparkling wine brand. These female powerhouses are doing us proud.

Here are some of these women who are taking up space, as per Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi’s powerful advice.

1. Bonang Matheba

Bonang Matheba recently celebrated her successful and impeccable MCC range, House Of BNG, as it became the best selling MCC at Woolworths. Her prestigious House Of BNG champagne was launched last year, in a swanky and star-studded event, attended by the heavyweights of Mzansi’s showbiz.

This made Queen B the first black woman to become a member of the Cap Classique Producers Association with her MCC.

“Entering the luxury beverage market has had its challenges of course but through strategic planning with a clear vision and a great team who understood all the logistics, it has proven a success. There are many moving parts, so you have to keep your eye on everything, all the time,” she shared.

When she launched the champagne she described its elegant and luxurious taste saying, “Being a Queen Bee means having everything a girl needs, including fabulous style and personality to match. Introducing my latest little guilty pleasure, BNG, a true indulgence for yours truly, with an elegant and refreshing taste profile.”
2. Kelly Khumalo

Kelly Khumalo has decided to own up to the ‘controversial’ title that was given to her when describing her life, and made bank with it. The musician debuted her Gin on social media, which comes in a sophisticated black bottle called Controversy By Kelly Khumalo.

The musician with the powerful voice has always hogged headlines and embroiled in controversies, so her embracing that life saw her fans applauding her.

The last controversy before revealing her gin was after her sister penned a scathing letter, which revealed the shocking news that she is divorcing her due to her secret bullying and abusive tactics.

“I just made Controversy taste good! I am excited to introduce the new Controversy Gin By Kelly Khumalo”, She said when making the announcement.


3. DJ Zinhle

Award-winning DJ Zinhle has just added another title to her resume and the businesswoman has proven that she means business. She made a major announcement that she has acquired equity in an international sparkling wine beverage, Boulevard Nectar Rosè, making her the CEO.

The multi-talented DJ is set on building an empire for her daughter Kairo Owethu Forbes, by leaving this and her other business ventures as her legacy.

The award-winning DJ said that she will be adding her own flair to the international sparkling wine range, which she believes will take the brand to greater heights.

“For me, the perfect business acquisition has to share great synergy with who I am, not only as a DJ but as a woman too. I’d like to think I am the perfect mix between power and sophisticated and the Boulevard brand mirrors that nicely. I see great potential for Boulevard Rosè to go to new heights with my signature touch,” she said.

On Instagram she wrote, “I actually don’t know what to say, we’ve been working on this for over a year now and at the beginning I didn’t believe it. At every meeting I’d feel like this required more from me, it’s huge, I needed to operate at a level I didn’t even know I could reach. My team and I work really hard, words can’t describe this moment. Our hard work never went unnoticed. God really is the greatest.”


4. Khanyi Mbau

Media personality Khanyi Mbau launched her gin I Am Khanyi late 2018 and spoke to ZAlebs about the process and what it took to bring her alcoholic beverage to life. She said it was the perfect thing to bring the country together as the year 2018 was a bit rough.

“We have been through so much as a country and have little moments to celebrate this year, from death threats to polony and changing presidents, it’s been hectic… and I saw the gap to give people a reason to be happy and celebrate.

I kept it on the low because creating a Gin is serious business, it’s not a party trick and it needs focus and concentration as this is something people will be putting in their bodies, so I had to be sure and confident about the quality of the brand before I said anything,” she said.

She said she chose gin because of it’s ability to being versatile, “Gin is such a beautiful beverage, that it’s also broad in mixology that it allows everyone to become creative. Also, the gin industry in South Africa is such a growing industry to invest in and grow money like the property market and art space.”

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