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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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.

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

May de Lencquesaing holding her IWC Lifetime Achievement Award, flanked on the left by Tim Atkin (MW and co-chairman of the IWC) and Charles Metcalfe (co-founder of the IWC)

MAY DE LENCQUESAING RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By Admin | 3 August 2017

Honouring a career spanning over 40 years, May de Lencquesaing, ‘Grande Dame’ of Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC).

The ceremony took place on 6th July at the Hilton Park Lane in London in front of a sell-out audience of winemakers, restaurateurs, trade and press from across the globe who gave May de Lencquesaing a standing ovation.

 

Opening Doors | Part 1

By Admin | 3 July 2017

Outwardly, it’s been a year of positive changes in the winelands community. A number of organisations have been opening doors all over the map and none more so than the Vinpro Foundation. This NPO has identified three transformation target arenas; Harm Reduction, within workers’ lives; Early Childhood Development, for the birthing of a fresh legacy; and Leadership and Skills, a key requirement for the workers of today. Vinpro’s Unathi Mantshongo (pictured), believes that, “The industry has to become inclusive on all levels, in order to be competitive and thrive.” With this in mind, we decide it would be a good idea to connect with some people on the frontline of transformation, to see if they have positive things to say...

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

On a recent trip to South Africa, I was treated to a remarkable, one-off tasting. It was of Mèthode Cap Classique (MCC), which is the South African name for bottle-fermented sparkling wines. Canadian wine journalist Treve Ring, who I was travelling with, has a keen interest in sparkling wine, as do I, and so we were thrilled when WOSA managed to get word out that we wanted to do a serious, in-depth deep-dive into MCC, to see how things are going with sparkling wines here.

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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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