After several years of thought process and conceptualization, the Kumusha brand was brought to life in 2017 by top Zimbabwean sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoka. Kumusha is a Shona (= one of Zimbabwe's official languages) word that can mean either 'your home,' 'your roots,' or 'your origin.' For Tinashe, Kumusha Wines is a personal journey that is bottled. Kumusha is an independent brand that allows Tinashe to collaborate with various wine farms and winemakers. Kumusha Wines now has three ranges, all represented in the African Wines Portfolio. His Flame Lily 2019 received a five-star rating in the Platters Wine guide.
Tinashe Nyamudoka was born in Zimbabwe and came to South Africa in 2008 in search of a better life, starting from scratch. He successfully made it to Head Sommelier at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, and it is quite right to call him a Zim Supersomm. In 2017, he took the long-cherished and deliberate step to make his own wines and launched Kumusha Wines. Tinashe is an executive board member of the non-profit organization the Black Cellar Club (BLACC) and is part of TeamZIM, which competed in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships in 2017 and 2018. He holds a Diploma from the Cape Wine Academy, a WEST Level 3, a Certificate from the Court Of Master Sommeliers Europe, a Certificate in Wine Business Management (GSB UCT), and a Micheal Fridjohn Wine Judging Academy certificate. He is a judge at Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards, Germany, a wine panelist for Wine Of The Month Club, and a regular judge in South Africa, such as at the Michelangelo Awards, the Chenin Blanc top 10 Challenge, and the Platter Awards Five Star panel.