Dennis Lupenga

Our History

Malawi is a country blessed with a superb supply of fresh fruits available throughout the year. What better way for a biochemist to harness the opportunity presented by this abundance than to use his professional expertise to add value and produce fruit wine. Country wine, or fruit wine, is wine produced from fruits other than grapes.

While fruit wine was being made in Malawi for many years as a hobby, commercial country wine was produced during the 1980s by the late Mrs Nyandovi Kerr in Zomba in the purpose- built Mulunguzi Winery using wild Masuku fruits. By the end of the 1980s, Mulunguzi wine production ceased.

Linga, near Kasungu, is the maternal village of the Managing Partner of Linga Country Wine, Dr Timothy Ngwira. Linga means "a Fortress" in Chichewa, so this has overtones of the French "Chateau bottled". Dr Ngwira was introduced to wine making in 1978 by the retiring missionary, late Tom Colvin. He started on a small scale but the product was extremely popular with demand from a wide range of colleagues and friends. Even internationally samples were well received by conference participants from New Zealand, Australia and Alaska USA.

From 1996-2002 the fruit wine production was suspended as Dr Ngwira went to Namibia as a founding head of Food Science and Technology Department at the University of Namibia where among other things he taught Fermentation Technology which included wine making. Dr Ngwira also carried out research and published on wine production from Namibian Fruits. Having come back to Malawi in 2002 the wine production was resumed and Linga Fine Foods and Winery was registered as a commercial entity in 2006. The company is a family partnership.

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750 ml glass bottles with cork and shrink top available individually or wholesale supplied in boxes of 12.

750 ml glass bottles with metallic screw top available individually or bulk or wholesale supplied in boxes of 12.

275 ml glass bottles with plastic screw top available individually or bulk or wholesale supplied in boxes of 24.

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