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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Taste and Tweet is back!

By admin | 4 November 2015

It's Taste and Tweet time again! We would love you to join the Wines of South Africa team for a wine tasting in the comfort of your own home, on Thursday17th December 2015, we'd like you to join our online community to give us your thoughts on a red wine that we will send you. We have 15 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon based blends to give away. The first people to email us with their full name, delivery address and twitter name will be sent a bottle of wine to taste on Thursday 17th December. All you will need to do is tweet about the wine using the hashtag: #drinksouthafrican.

To enter, simply email you name, address and Twitter name to info at winesofsa dot com by Tuesday 1st December 2015. Entrants must be over 18 and based in England, Wales or Scotland.

Of course, you can invite friends and family to taste and tweet along with you, also using #drinksouthafrican and if you are not one of the first 15 people to enter, please feel free to join us and taste a South African wine of your choice.

 @WinesofSA is our twitter handle and we look forward to tasting and tweeting with you on Thursday 17th December.

2016 Platter Guide launched & 5* wines announced

By Admin | 30 October 2015

The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2016 was launched at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel on 29 October 2015 with over 200 guests in attendance, the VIPs

including wine producers who had achieved the maximum five star rating in the new edition – reserved for wines that are “South African classics”.


The guide’s ultimate accolade, Winery of the Year, this year went to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. The Swartland-based winery thereby became the first to scoop the award

twice within a handful of years, having been named Platter’s Winery of the Year in 2014. Even more remarkably, both the prestigious Red Wine of the Year and new Dessert Wine of

the Year awards also went to Mullineux & Leeu, for their site-specific Iron Syrah 2013 and debut solera-matured Olerasay Straw Wine NV respectively. To cap a stellar performance,

the Mullineux team garnered three further five star ratings.


Stellenbosch family estate Warwick scooped the White Wine of the Year plaudit for The White Lady Chardonnay 2014.

Thank you!

By Admin | 13 October 2015

Thank you to everyone who came along to Wozani last week. We had a great time and hope that you enjoyed tasting all the wines on offer. 

Our thanks also go to all the winemakers and importers who joined us throughout the evening and to both Barefoot Biltong and The Redbush Tea Company for contributing to the goodie bags. In addition, we'd like to thank our partners for all their support, The South African High Commission for lending us their beautiful venue, SAA and Brand South Africa.

We have posted a picture gallery on our blog here. We hope you enjoyed the tasting and we hope to see you at Wozani again next year. Watch this space!

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) is an official government strategy that applies to all businesses in South Africa. It’s not just an attempt to redress the wrongs of the past, but instead sets out to be a strategy for encouraging economic growth by widening the economic base. Before the dismantling of apartheid in 1994, African, Coloured and Indian populations had very little participation in the economy, and these groups, known as PDIs in the official jargon (for ‘previously disadvantaged individuals’), are referred to collectively as ‘Black’ in BEE. 21 years on from the switch to democracy, there’s still a massive gap between rich and poor in South Africa, and large segments of the population are still excluded from meaningful participation in the economy. BEE isn’t just about affirmative action; nor is it about land redistribution. It’s a strategy to empower more black people to own and manage businesses and enterprises, to achieve a change in the racial composition of ownership and management structures, to encourage more skilled black workers, to provide finance for black economic empowerment and to benefit black-owned enterprises through preferential procurement policies.

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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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