Plans are being drawn up to build the first winery in West Africa, just-drinks has learnt.

Keji Ajayi, an investment banker based in London, has told just-drinks that she is assessing the suitability of a particular site in Africa for viticulture. Although Ajayi would not divulge its exact location, she hopes to announce more concrete details early next year.

“I am still in the exploratory phase of seeing if the land is really suitable for wine and, if so, what grapes would be best,” said Ajayi earlier this week. “At that point, we would then look for investors to jump-start the process.”

Rajeev Samant, CEO of Sula Wines in India, has been taken on as an advisor to Ajayi. “West Africa will present a challenge but you can always adapt to local conditions and find higher altitude sites with cooler climates,” he said.