"Her lips drink water but her heart drinks wine..."

E.E. Cummings
 

About Me

Hello wine lovers - welcome to my blog!

 

I'm Delaille Raubenheimer, also known as Lady Wineland. This is a space where I share new wine releases, reviews, experiences, recipes, pairings, podcast episodes, events and more!

 

 So, who is Lady Wineland? 

 

Here's the unabridged version of my wine journey (thus far)

Firstly, I'm a bit of a rebel...

 

I dropped out of studying MB,ChB to follow my true passion and pursue a career in wine. 

 

I completed my BSc degree in Viticulture & Oenology at Stellenbosch University but missed my graduation ceremony...

 

I was on a plane en route to Mendoza, Argentina.

 

This was my FIRST international harvest experience!

 

 After my time in Argentina, I explored wine regions all across the world working as a "Travelling Winemaker" in Napa, US; Marlborough, NZ; and Douro Valley, Portugal. 

After completing a total of 8 harvests, I was curious to learn more about the sales and marketing side of the wine industry.

 

Somehow, I ended up in China!

 

My poor parents...

 

I was based in Guangzhou and worked as Brand Ambassador for a South African wine brand. At the age of 24, I attended Chengdu Food and Wine Fair, ProWine Shanghai and the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair.

Back on home soil, I took on the role as Sommelier at the prestigious Singita - Kruger National Park. Awarded #1 Safari Lodge in Africa and #9 in the “Top 100 Hotels in the World" - Travel & Leisure, 2020. Here, I worked with one of South Africa's largest and most comprehensive wine collections. Creating memorable wine experiences for high-profile guests from all across the world. Daily adventures included: Catching snakes in the wine cellar and having a wine tasting interrupted by a herd of elephants...

After living in the African bush for almost 2 years, I moved back to my beloved, Cape Winelands.

 

In the years that followed I gained experience in wine marketing and sales. Representing several wine brands in Israel, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Maldives. 

Today, I am based in Cape Town, South Africa and work as the Senior Communications Manager for one of the world's leading wine-specialist marketing agencies (a UK-based company). 

Awards

- WineLands Magazine - Top 30 under 30 | 2020 (first edition)

- Best Social Media Campaign 2022 - The Drinks Business Awards 2022