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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Friday Night Steak Special

By Admin | 11 February 2016

Visit High Timber on Friday and enjoy a juicy grass fed sirloin, grilled to your preference served with High Timber chips and a glass of scrumptious Jordan Wines.

All this for £20.00 to kick start your weekend. Enjoy. 

Support Fairtrade Fortnight 2016: 29th February - 13th March

By Admin | 1 February 2016

The first Fairtrade Fortnight took place in 1995. Over the past 20 years, the FAIRTRADE Mark has established itself as the biggest and best known ethical label in the UK. In fact, 93% of UK consumers have seen the FAIRTRADE Mark and 71% use the FAIRTRADE Mark to decide if a product is ethical.  

Globally, over 40,000 people (wine producers and workers) benefit from the sale of Fairtrade wine. South Africa is the largest Fairtrade wine producing country; two thirds of all Fairtrade wine sold globally is produced  there, and around 5% of the local wine grape production is Fairtrade certified.

The top selling markets for Fairtrade wine are the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.


News from the ground...Roger Jones' travel diary Part 4

By Roger Jones | 22 January 2016

Harvest has started in South Africa but, as you may know, some of our producers have been battling ferocious fires in the Simonsberg and Elgin regions. Our thoughts are with those producers, the fire fighters and everyone who is working to put out the flames. Roger Jones, who is currently in South Africa, has given more information in his latest newsletter but we were very encouraged to see a Tweet from Thelema today that reads "Harvest 2016 continues full steam ahead! Some losses but the rest of our 2016 crop looks great. #thephoenixwillrise". This Tweet highlights the fantastic resilience and spirit of our winemakers and we wish them all the best for the remaining 2016 harvest. 

This week, Roger has also turned into a travel rep, looking after 12 friends from the UK. They have visited Rust en Vrede, De Trafford, Stellenrust and Rianie Strydom. Read Roger's latest newsletter here

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

So, the last Swartland Revolution has been held. Since 2010 there have been six of these amazing events, held in November in Riebeek Kasteel, celebrating the remarkable revolution in winemaking that has taken place in the Swartland. It was only just over a decade ago that the Swartland wasn’t very highly regarded as a wine region. But along came Eben Sadie, and then Mullineux, and then Badenhorst Family Wines, and a whole group of dynamic, risk-taking, exciting new wineries emerged. The quality of the wines made everyone sit up and notice, and the Revolution, as a sort of focal point for all this attention, has really helped shake up the South African wine scene. Wisely, though, the organizers have decided that this event – brilliant as it has been – has now run its course, and it’s time to stop at the top, rather than see it decline or grow stale.

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In Jo's glass

I was recently in South Africa for Cape Wine and managed to taste several vintages of the delicious Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia. I usually opt for a sweet wine at the end of a meal instead of a pudding and The Vin de Constance is a perfect way to end a meal. It's rich and opulent with stone fruits, vanilla and a hint of spice yet it is also fresh, balanced and has a long, moreish finish. Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, highly rated both the 2011 and 2012 in his most recent report on South Africa which is available to download for £15 on timatkin.com.  

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