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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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Klein Constantia triumphs at the CSWWC Awards 2017

By Admin | 29 September 2017

Klein Constantia 2013 Brut was named Best South African Sparkling Wine at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 Awards Dinner at Vintner’s Hall in London, in front of an audience of over 120 international winemakers, producers and journalists.

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Cape Point Vineyards flying high with new Cape Town Wine of Origin

By Admin | 30 August 2017

We are pleased to inform you that the newly introduced Cape Point Vineyards Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc, the first wine bottled under the newly registered Wine of Origin Cape Town, has just won a British Airways Business Class tender, and will be served onboard during October, November and December. If you are lucky enough to fly in Business Class on British Airways in the next few months, make sure you enjoy a glass of this delicious wine.

If you're not lucky enough to fly business class on British Airways, you can still enjoy this wine as it's available from Swig, £14.95.

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Tickets now on sale for The Pebbles Pulse Party

By Admin | 10 August 2017

Please join Wines of South Africa at the Pebbles Pulse Party, sponsored by Bosman Family Vineyards, on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6.30pm at The Hand and Flower, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8XJ.

Tickets are £45 per person and that includes food and drink. To book your tickets, please email: The Pebbles Project here. There will also be a prize for the best fancy dress costume.

This party is to raise funds for the invaluable services provided by the Pebbles Project Health Clinic.

The Pebbles Project runs a state-of-the-art modular clinic that provides medical, wellness and dental services for children from disadvantaged communities in the Cape Winelands. 

Services include immunizations, TB testing and treatment, HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and treatment, height and weight tracking, treatment of childhood illnesses and injuries, an oral health brushing programme and dental treatment.  It costs £60 per child per year (just £5 per month) for the full range of services.

With the party being sponsored by Bosman Family Vineyards, you will enjoy top quality wine throughout the evening and with JF Hillebrand also sponsoring the evening you can be confident that all the money raised throughout the event will go to The Pebbles Project and benefit the communities they work in. 

For more information about Pebbles Project, visit www.pebblesproject.co.za

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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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