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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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South African wine specialist launched

By Admin | 5 December 2017

A new online retailer, Vino Pronto, has launched to offer an exclusively South African range of wines, delivered directly to your doorstep. 

Vino Pronto is the brainchild of Richard Kilian who runs the UK side of the business and Luke Hirst who has his eyes and ears in Cape Town, working directly with many of the wine-makers they represent.

With many wines listed on their website exclusive to Vino Pronto in the UK, their range is focused whilst offering something for everyone. We highly recommend signing up to their newsletter to find out more and keep an eye on their website for details of wine tastings and events

Visit Vino Pronto at http://www.vinopronto.co.uk/

 

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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?

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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 >>

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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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