Social Media/ Digital Marketer * Wine Lover * Entrepreneur * Tour Guide * Yogi * Free Spirit *
Hello, I am Edna Ngwenya and welcome to the Wine Drifters’ world! I’m super chuffed you have decided to pay our little world a visit to see what we have in store for you. First things first, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a Digital Marketing & Social Media Specialist, training to be a Tour Guide. I have always yearned to live a little more than the ordinary way of life. So my free-spirited self decided to explore the side of life I never knew existed in me. The soul-searching journey didn’t take long, thanks to wine and yoga, I knew exactly the path I needed to take, it was simply through a wine bottle and a yoga mat. On this blog, I will be sharing my life experiences central to my wine adventures with Gift, as well my journey as a yogi, to becoming a yoga instructor too, perhaps in the future. Feel free to comment on our articles or email us if you have any questions or interested in collaborations.
My name is Gift Muvembi and I was born and raised in the dusty streets of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. After completing my Advanced Level studies in 2001, I joined the banking industry and worked between 2002 and 2007. I moved to Johannesburg in 2009 and with my background in Finance and Accounting, I got a job and worked as a warehouse custodian before moving back home in 2010.
Coming to South Africa for the second time in 2012, I settled in Cape Town and after unsuccessfully applying for jobs in banking and accounting, I decided to temporarily join the hospitality industry and that is where my interest in wines began. Working in Clifton in 2012, I tasted Iona Sauvignon Blanc and thereafter, my curiosity for wine began. Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir became my favorite a few months after meeting Edna and we would drink a bottle or 2 every opportunity we got. Wine seemed more of a hobby at that time and it didn’t cross my mind as a pursuable career. After trying more and more different wines and gathering some basic information, it quickly became a growing passion and I couldn’t ignore it any longer. I had to pursue this career! I then enrolled with Cape Wine Academy and am currently busy with my diploma as well as preparing to write WSET level 3.
I am currently working as an assistant Sommelier at one of the best fine dining establishments in the country and in the world. This has been an amazing journey and along the way, I have met some extraordinary people and have had the privilege of being in the company of some of the greatest palates in the country. My Cape Wine Academy training and being a member of BLACC gave me the basis needed not only to understand wines but to develop my palate as well. I have learned a lot and I believe there is still room to acquire more knowledge in this ever-evolving industry.