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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Buy your tickets now for Slurp's South African wine tasting at South Africa House

By Admin | 12 September 2018

Date: Thursday 4th October 2018 

Time: 18:30-21:30

Venue: South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP

Tickets: £25pp

Slurp are delighted to be hosting our South African Wine tasting event for the second year running at the prestigious and stunning South Africa House. Over 50 wines will be available to taste on the evening with winemakers from Oldenburg Vineyards, Andreas Wines, Seven Springs Vineyards and many others on hand to talk through their wines.

Further details to follow..

Tickets are on sale now and cost £25.00 - buy your tickets here

Old Vine Project certification seal

World first as a new certification seal is launched by the Old Vine Project

By Admin | 20 April 2018

All over the world, old vines get proudly mentioned on labels, in many languages. Such is the value placed on old vineyards and the wines they produce. But only in one country, South Africa, is it possible for old vineyards to be certified by a regulatory authority. In South Africa, members of the Old Vine Project (OVP) can now put a Certified Heritage Vineyards seal on bottles of wine made from vineyards of 35 years or older, together with the planting date. This is a guarantee to the consumer of authentic wines grown according to the OVP viticultural and winemaking guidelines.

The first wines bearing the seal are now starting to appear on retail shelves around the world. 

The Village Bistro, Seven Sisters

The Village Table Bistro opens at The Seven Sisters Vineyard

By Admin | 1 March 2018

A new bistro, situated on The Seven Sisters Vineyard, has opened in Stellenbosh. The Village Bistro draws inspiration from the roots and heritage of the seven sisters (and one brother) who own The Seven Sisters farm. The new eatery offers a taste of the Cape West Coast in the heart of the Winelands. We’re talking authentic, robust, hearty and wholesome meals accompanied by the fine wines cultivated on The Seven Sisters vineyard.

If you're travelling to South Africa soon, The Village Bistro is the ideal spot to experience South African hospitality at its best. Find out more about The Village Bistro here.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

While reviewing wines for my weekly Sunday Express column, I tasted through a number of affordable or value for money South African Chenin Blancs.   How can Chenin Blanc be made affordably? Yield is a factor here. It costs a certain amount to farm a hectare, so if the vineyard produces more grapes then that means more wine for the same output. With most red grapes, there's a steep fall-off in quality if the farmers are too greedy and try to grow bigger yields, but with white varieties, this doesn't always apply to the same extent. So high yield Chenin can still taste quite good, whereas high yield Cabernet or Shiraz often tastes thin, green and weedy. Also, larger crops take longer to ripen and so with reds, which need to be a bit riper than whites, this can also create difficulties.

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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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