Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tinashe worked his way up from manager of grocery store to wine steward, gaining valuable experience at some of South Africa’s top restaurant, winning the Reaching for Young Stars Best Steward Award in 2013 until he became head sommelier at The Test Kitchen.
Together with 3 other wine sommeliers who followed a similar journey to Tinashe, Team Zim is founded to form the first wine tasting team from Zimbabwe. Tinashe Nyamudoka, Joseph Dhafana, Marlvin Gwese and Pardon Taguzu went on to compete in the 2017 and 2018 World Blind Wine Tasting Championships.
Having fallen head over heels for wine, the ache to try his own hand at winemaking could not be resisted. A friendship with Attie Louw, a winemaker from the family estate Opstal in the Slanghoek valley, led to the opportunity for Tinashe to blend his own wines and in 2017 Kumusha wines was founded.