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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Bunnies but not the chocolate kind

By Claudia Brown | 17 April 2014

Everywhere you look at the moment there are bunny rabbits; little chocolate ones, big chocolate ones, dark chocolate ones, organic chocolate ones and who could miss those golden ones with a tiny little bell around their neck? It must be Easter.

Inala – a world premiere

By Claudia Brown | 17 April 2014

This year, the Edinburgh International Festival will see the world premiere of a new ballet, Inala.

The ballet, which celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa, will see choral legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo collaborate with multi award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin and dancers including talent from the Royal Ballet and Rambert.

Planetbee – more than just a great wine

By Claudia Brown | 9 April 2014

It has been well documented over recent years that the bee population across the world is in serious decline. In fact, in the winter of 2012 / 2013, honey bee colonies in England alone declined by 34%*

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

I recently got an email request from South African wine writer Tim James (author of an excellent wine book, 'The New South Africa', published by University of California Press) asking this question. Tim approached a number of commentators on the South African wine scene, both domestic and international, with a view to getting some sort of consensus picture on who's currently making the best wine. He did the same exercise a couple of years ago, and I took part then, so it should be fun to do a comparison of the results when they are released.

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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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