Patrick Ngamane was born in the Transkei in 1972. In 1980, his family moved to the Western Cape where his father worked at Backsberg wines.
He attended classes at the farm’s primary school and later at the secondary school, Bernadino Heights, in Scottsdene. After matriculating in 1994, Ngamane worked for several years at an advertising agency, but then received a scholarship from Backsberg Wines to study agriculture at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch. He graduated in 2000 and worked at Backsberg for two years, after which he went to Thelema Mountain Vineyards. He joined Hartenberg Wine Estate in 2002, where he is currently an assistant winemaker.
Ngamane clocked up valuable experience in Bordeaux, France, when he had a stint at Chateau d’Angludet in the Margaux appellation in 2003. He is a steering committee member of the Cape Winemakers Guild’s protege selection programme, which recruits young, innovative, previously disadvantaged students for the wine industry.
Lunch Spot: Morton's on the Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town