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The South African wine industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach as well as its top notch wines and young, creative winemakers.

The industry is progressing and changing at speed, as South Africa is increasingly recognised for premium wines and world-class wine tourism. Read all the latest news from Wines of South Africa...

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The 2019 Platter's by Diners Club is launched

By Admin | 6 November 2018

The much anticipated launch of the 2019 Platter Guide took place last night. A total of 90 wines achieved the coveted 5 star accolade and the Winery of the Year award has expanded to become a trio gongs, each saluting excellence in South African wine-making.

The Newcomer Winery of the Year recognises the winery that records the best results as a first-time participant in the guide. This honour went to Erika Obermeyer Wines, with two Five Star wines on debut.

The Top Performing Winery of the Year award went to Mullineux, who are no strangers to Platter’s accolades, having won Winery of the Year twice previously. In the new guide Mullineux has achieved a remarkable four Five Star wines plus a Wine of the Year.

Finally, the Editor’s Award for 2019 goes to Newton Johnson Vineyards, as editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of this family venture’s consistently superb quality over a range of styles of wine.

For more information and to find out which wines recieved 5 stars, click here

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South African Airways wins UK ‘Best African Airline’ award

By Admin | 24 October 2018

South African Airways has once again scooped the ‘Best African Airline’ Award at the Business Traveller Awards 2018. This is the 12th consecutive year that SAA has won the accolade, adding to a line-up of awards the airline has received this year.

This award follows South African Airways being voted the leading digital e-learning and brand immersion airline course last week by members of the travel industry.

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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

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Whether you call it Cinsault or prefer the variant spelling Cinsaut (both are OK, but I like the former best), there's no doubt that this once-neglected red variety is flavour of the month in South Africa. Back in the 1920s this grape variety made 75% of South Africa's red wines, but until recently it had been gradually diminishing in importance. From the 1970s onwards, winegrowers' heads were tilted by the Bordeaux varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and these grapes were increasingly planted while Cinsault became unfashionable. Although not fantastically suited to the warm Mediterranean-style climate of the western Cape, these Bordeaux varieties produced dark-coloured, sweetly fruited wines that met the expectations of consumers, as the wine world became seduced by big red wines. 30 years of decline in Cinsault followed.

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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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