A Black South African Winemaker Shatters the Industry's Glass Ceiling

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In South Africa, even red wine is white. At least that's what Atlantic Food writer Chantal Martineau learned when she recently interviewed Tariro Masayiti, a black South African who works for Nederburg, a leading player in the country's white-dominated wine industry. London's Independent offers an even closer look at Masayiti's unlikely rise through the winemaking ranks:

As a young boy, Tariro Masayiti and his brother would sneak into a neighbouring farm in eastern Zimbabwe to steal grapes from the vine. "I think we knew they were grown to make wine but we didn't know anyone who drank wine," he remembers. "We knew that it was a special drink but it wasn't something for us."

Read the full story at the Independent.

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Daniel Fromson, a former associate editor at The Atlantic, is a writer based in Washington, D.C. He writes regularly for The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in Harper's Magazine, New York, and Slate.

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