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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Cabernet Franc Challenge 2017 Winners announced

By Admin | 27 March 2017

Cabernet Franc is a fashionable grape variety that is suited to the South African climate. Increasingly producers are focusing on single variety wines rather than using Cabernet Franc as part of a blend. With quality improving year on year and some outstanding wines being produced, it is inevitable that a competition would be launched. Now in its second year, the South African Cabernet Franc Challenge has announced the winners.

New flagship range from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines released

By Claudia | 24 March 2017

Since 2013, Andrea and Chris Mullineux have been working on a new wine project with their partner Analjit Singh and today they have just announced the release of a new flagship portfolio of wines called Leeu Passant -  a name derived from heraldry, where a “Lion Passant” is a walking lion. 

New tastings added to our events page

By Admin | 23 March 2017

New tastings and winemaker dinners have been added to our events page.

There are winemaker dinners at Hammer & Tongs and High Timber.

Join Slurp Wines at South Africa House on 11th May and taste over 50 South African wines. Master of Wine, Sally Easton will host a tutored tasting and you will also be able to meet Jean-Claude Martin, winemaker at Creation Wines. Tickets are £25.

Wozani and the Three Wine Men are back  at South Africa House on 12th September.

Click here to find out more about these tastings on our events page. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

The interesting thing about wine is that you only get one chance a year to make it. So for the average winemaker, retiring at a normal age, you might get to make 40 or so vintages in your lifetime, unless of course you switch hemispheres in your winter and go to work somewhere else.   Wine is an expression of place; it's also an expression of a particular year. For the winegrower who also tends their own vines, there's a special significance to vintage time. From the time the vine buds, to the point where the flowering occurs, to the point where grapes begin developing, to the point of veraison when the skins soften and red grapes chance colour, to the point of deciding when to pick, the winegrower tracks the progress of vintage. That year is then something they try to capture in the wine, as the grapes enter the cellar. It's only after several months that they will really know the personality of the vintage they have just lived through, when the baby wines begin to show what they are about. Along the way, there are many things that can go wrong: frost, disease, pests, microbial disasters in the wine. It's a complicated business, but when it does well, it’s worth all the anxiety and toil.

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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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