9 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Tebogo Ditsebe, Founder of Botébo Wines

Thanks to one woman’s vision and dedication, it has now become possible – Tebogo Ditsebe has succeeded in enticing the earth to yield grapes of lush body and flavour.

Tebogo Ditsebe, founder of Botébo Wines

It is this fullness of flavour that more and more wine lovers are discovering for themselves, in the wines of Botébo.

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9 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Tebogo Ditsebe

01. She Was Forced To Grow Up Quickly
While attending a Catholic boarding school, she fell pregnant, she was forced forced to grow up quickly, become responsible, and also fight the many stigmas attached to teenage mothers whilst trying to get back on her feet.

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02. Obtained A Qualification From UCT
She matriculated from Mariasdal High School in 1987, then 6 years later obtained a post-graduate diploma in business management at UCT in 1993.

03. She Owned A Consultancy Training Firm
Before she ventured into farming full time, she ran a consultancy training firm in Kimberley which wasn’t doing well.

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04. Her Farming Interest Was ignited In Bloemfontein
In 2001, she needed a place of quiet and calm to clear her head after experiencing some personal hardship.

A friend, the late Herman Galaman, invited her and her children to stay on his plot in Bloemfontein.

The plot was home to a couple of animals, and Ditsebe undertook a few light duties on the farm, this is where her interest in agriculture was ignited.

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05. Received A Lifetime Opportunity In 2011
Seeing her growing interest in farming, Galaman offered to sell her his 48-hectare wine farm.

“I didn’t hesitate,” she said. “I used to own a consultancy training firm in Kimberley which was not doing well. So, when the opportunity to buy a farm came along, I grabbed it with both hands.”

06. Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Helped Her With Funding

She then approached the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform for financial assistance to acquire the wine farm, which she eventually got after going through a lengthy process until a 10-year lease agreement with was signed in 2013 under the PLAS(Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy)

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07. Produced Her First Harvest In 2014
Ditsebe produced her first ever harvest in 2014 — the harvesting usually starts with white cultivars from the middle of January until the end of February. The red cultivars are ready for harvesting by mid-March.

08. She Won The Agro-Processing Funding Programme

In 2018, she was overall winner of the Agro-Processing Funding Programme run by the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and was awarded R450 000 worth of equipment.

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09. She launched Botébo Wines In 2015

Botébo Wines

Ditsebe launched her wine range, Botébo Wines, in 2015 after paying great attention to the design of the wine label.

Botébo is a Sotho word meaning depth. The name is also testimony to her own depth as a woman who overcame adversity and challenges in life.

The Botébo range curently comprises Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon — all of which are sold online.


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