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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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A ground breaking app for wine buyers

By Admin | 6 May 2015

In the next few days we will see the launch of a groundbreaking new app for buying wine. Baffling and confusing at times for casual wine drinkers and committed ‘oenophiles’ alike, a consumer’s wine choice can often be a touch daunting. However now, the fun Mr Vine app makes the process of selecting the best wines from Britain’s specialist retailers easy for every wine drinker, on any budget, and for all occasions.

The app will be available on iOS devices very soon, with an Android version due later this year. The concept is simple. When you download it you’re asked to set up your Mr Vine profile which is a combination of preferred colour, style, region and price. These preferences then enable the clever bit on the software to push the best wine recommendations to you, from the UK’s best choice. Founder and CEO of Mr Vine, Charlie Martin says, “we believe the app can offer the best quality wines at all price levels, in one place: that’s the core aim. We’re excited that it lists incredible products from a host of the UK’s best wine retailers.”

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South African rugby star tackles UK market on Freedom Day

By Admin | 23 April 2015

South African wine farm, Welbedacht Estate, owned by ex-Springbok rugby player, Schalk Burger, is launching a new phase in its UK export strategy by sponsoring the Freedom Day celebrations at the South African High Commission in London, on 24th April 2015. Burger believes that the Rugby World Cup, to be held in the UK later this year, provides the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of his wines and is using Freedom Day as the launch for a renewed focus on South Africa’s leading export market.

Easter indulgence

By Lindsaye Mc Gregor | 1 April 2015

The Easter weekend is fast approaching, presenting the perfect opportunity to indulge in a few of my favourite things – wine and chocolate.

Many of the wineries in South Africa offer chocolate and wine pairings, sourcing delicious handmade chocolates from local artisanal producers. Before you embark on your own version, perhaps you can get some inspiration from the wineries below but remember, no matter how much you love your sweet fix, the order of the day should be wine first, then a brief pause before popping that chocolate into your mouth. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

I have just returned home after spending five days in Franschhoek. It's a South African region that I have only really passed through before, with brief stops, so spending some quality time here gave me a chance to get under the skin of the place. And it's a paradoxical sort of wine region that is currently enjoying great success, while at the same time struggling with its reputation.   This is because Franschhoek has become the tourist hotspot of the Cape winelands. Come here in summer, and you'll struggle to find a place to park, and you'll have to make restaurant reservations in advance. It's heaving, and for good reason: visitors are drawn by the combination of natural beauty, a pretty town with nice places to stay, and some of the best restaurants in the country. But wine professionals don't take the Franschhoek Valley seriously. The narrative is that Franschhoek is great for restaurants but bad for wine, lacking in top quality terroirs. 

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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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