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Owned and managed by Mnikelo Mangciphu, the Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium is a successful wine boutique in Mofolo Central in the heart of Soweto. Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium opened its doors in 2005 after being inspired by the first ever Soweto Wine Festival held in 2005.

Mnikelo is a co-founding member of the Soweto Wine Festival with Marilyn Cooper, CEO of the Cape Wine Academy. The festival launched in 2005 and is now considered the most successful township wine festival in South Africa.

The Heart of African Wine Culture

Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium is located at a boutique-like shop and has so much character it could easily be a headlining feature in a connoisseurs guide to uber bubblies in the south of France but our feet are firmly set in the hustle and bustle of Soweto. The emporium's walls are colonised by all sorts of vintages from the finest wine estates - local and abroad.

When descending down its stairs to the cellar cum bar area, one is engulfed by a scent of many aromas and a nostalgic air. The emporium also hosts book clubs, poetry gigs and wine tasting events. Most people who frequent Morara are either in the know (wine fundis) or yearn for education where that culture is concerned.

Along with its events, the place is a hot spot for filming by ad agencies. This has become common place on Sundays when there isn't much activity in the CBD. This has allowed the emporium to flight its brand by taking advantage of the shoots.

Long Term Goals
Morara's long term goals are to infuse the ambience that plays out on Sundays with some jazz. The establishment has a roster of emerging and well-known bands waiting in the wings as part of its season’s itinerary. The next time you feel the need to unwind with good company and great wine, the emporium awaits.

Franchising the Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium has been a dream of Mnikelo’s and he has recently opened his first franchise in Johannesburg Central.
Mnikelo Mangciphu
Owner & Manager
Sifiso Mangciphu
Assistant Manager
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