JOHANNESBURG – Carmen
Stevens is petite-sized. But this wine-making barrel-wielding dynamo does not let obstacles stop her.
This past week she walked away with Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year.
The single mother of two says is the owner of the first black-owned winery in South Africa.
The winery, Carmen Stevens Wines, processed 150 tons per last year with a turnover of R8.1 million.
She says the art of wine making includes selecting the right fruit and putting the right combinations together.
“You know every winemaker puts their personal touch on their wine. My wines are very big -big tannins, big colours – but elegant. When you put it into your mouth you know there is concentration and depth. Although it is that big, it is so palatable.”
The business is a long way