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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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'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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33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction exceeds expectations

By Admin | 1 October 2017

Diversity and innovative winemaking reaped rich rewards at the 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at Spier in the Stellenbosch Winelands over the weekend, with total sales exceeding R13,2 million and a new record price for a case of wine.

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Benguela Cove Wins South Africa Young Wine, National Champion Awards and Five Gold Medals

By Admin | 29 September 2017

South Africa-based entrepreneur Penny Streeter has won gold and silver medals at the South African Young Wine Show for all 16 of the wines from the Benguela Cove vineyard, acquired in 2013.  This is one of the oldest wine shows in the world and annually showcases the best wines of the country’s new vintage.

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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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