Wamkelekile – welcome to Wines of South Africa

Wamkelekile is a Xhosa word meaning 'we welcome you'. South Africans are renowned for their warm hospitality and happy disposition, so enjoy the welcome and The Wines. South African wines add joy to life!

South African wines are grown in one of the world's most special places – with ancient soils, two oceans, soaring mountains and unparalleled natural beauty. The South African winelands are renowned for their breathtaking scenery and the wines are as full of variety as the myriad of cultures that form this Rainbow Nation.

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Nederburg, #DoYourPart, Qhubeka, Team Dimension Data

On your bike!

By Admin | 31 October 2017

Now is the time to get active and beat those winter blues by joining one of our award-winning premium wine brands, Nederburg, as they encourage you to #DoYourPart by riding your bike and raising money to get communities across Africa mobilised and moving forward. 

 

Nederburg believe that cycling, like wine, is complex, intense, requires passion, discipline and evokes real emotion. And so, the partnership with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was born. 

 

Qhubeka, named after a Nguni word that means “to carry on,” “to progress,” “to move forward”, believes that mobilising people with bicycles can change lives by creating access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities. Today the majority of Africa’s rural population suffers from limited means of transportation, having to walk long distances to get to these basic amenities. By providing bicycles to these communities, Nederburg and Qhubeka’s continued partnership enhances lives by simply cutting travel time. This leads to societies having a better quality of life and being able to achieve what would not have been possible before.   

  

So how can you #DoYourPart?

Hangingditch Winefair Ten

By Admin | 1 October 2017

We are delighted to announce that we'll be joining the line-up for #hdwf10 ~ with the UK being the leading market for South African wine exports we are really looking forward to sharing our diverse wines with you at the splendid Manchester Cathedral this October.

hangingditch winefair ten

Friday 27th October: 6pm-9.30pm

Saturday 28th October: 1pm-3.30pm (day session)
5pm-8.30pm (evening session)

Click this link for more info and tickets >>

'Care to Taste' - Starfish annual wine tasting

By Admin | 1 October 2017

The 'Care to Taste' Starfish annual wine tasting will be taking place on Thursday 2rd November at 6pm, hosted by Investec.

This very popular annual wine tasting in the heart of the City is back to help ease you into autumn. The event is sure to sell out and will feature a guided tasting, followed by a competitive quiz and chance to win a magnum of Champagne. You will enjoy sparkling wine on arrival and an incredible selection of 12 tasting wines from around the world which will be accompanied by delicious cheese boards.

Money raised on the night will go towards providing healthcare to vulnerable children in rural communities in South Africa. Tickets are available from £30 each or £25 each for a group of 4 and can be booked by clicking the link below.

Venue: Investec, 2 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7QP

Buy your tickets here. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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