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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Earth Hour

Getting ready for Earth Hour 2015

By Claudia | 25 March 2015

This Saturday (28th March 2015) the lights in our house will be going out between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. We will be using our power to change climate change and joining the Earth Hour movement, dining by candle light and enjoying the humour of friends instead of watching The Voice.

Earth Hour is a non-profit organisation with a mission to unite people to protect the planet. Describing themselves as an ‘open source movement organised by the WWF and volunteer organisations worldwide’, their mission is to unite us all and harness the power of the people to change. It has worked. Earth Hour famously started in Australia when, in 2007, the city went dark as people turned out their lights. Since then the movement has grown to incorporate 162 countries and territories around the globe. The impact has been substantial, by using the power of a crowd, legislation has been changed and a positive environmental impact achieved.

Find out more about Earth Hour and how you can get involved in events happening in your area here.

After a busy week we can’t wait for lights out on Saturday 28th March 2015, 8.30pm. Join us. 

South African Chef creates special recipe for Creation Syrah Grenache 2013

By Claudia Brown | 11 March 2015

Jenny Morris, a well-known South Africa chef, has created a very special recipe to pair with the Creation Syrah Grenache 2013

Jenny is an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide – in short, one of South Africa’s most-loved food personalities. Making regular appearances both in South Africa and abroad as a judge for various cooking competitions, she has cooked for a number of celebrities as well as heads of state.

SA Wines Online Spring Wine Tasting

By Admin | 26 February 2015

Join SA Wines Online on Saturday 21st March 2015 for the first Warehouse Tasting of the year!  

This fun, casual tasting will start at 12:30pm and you can sample 15-20 South African wines until the tasting ends at 15:30pm.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

A while back, Andre van Rensberg of celebrated Stellenbosch producer Vergelegen held a tasting titled ‘Cab is King’. I wasn’t able to make it, but after the event I was sent seven bottles of wine. These were cask samples of the 2012 vintage that had spent two years in barrel, and each represented components of the ‘V’ Bordeaux blend. The idea was for me to try my hand at blending the best wine I could from these individual components, and I remember spending a delightful and somewhat drunken afternoon sitting outside with a measuring cylinder, several glasses and a couple of decanters. I’m not sure my final blend was as good as André’s – after all, he’s been doing this all his career – but it was very educational seeing how different varieties and even the same varieties grown in different parts of the vineyard all meshed together to produce a more complete wine. It’s the art of blending, and this is the model for making Bordeaux-style reds.

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In Dawn Coventry's glass

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut NV: Well, if I had to sum this wine up in one word it would be WOW! As a huge fan of fizz my expectations were high and if I am honest, I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong could I be - this wine is one of the BEST I have tasted and at a fraction of the price. A MAJOR thumbs up from me!

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