Celebrating South African Wine’s Birthday
"Her lips drink water but her heart drinks wine..."
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).
- WineLands Magazine - Top 30 under 30 | 2020 (first edition)
- Best Social Media Campaign 2022 - The Drinks Business Awards 2022