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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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WOZANI returns with the Three Wine Men

By admin | 25 May 2016

Tickets are now on sale for WOZANI and this year we have teamed up with the Three Wine Men - Tim Atkin MW, Olly Smith and Oz Clarke.

Taking place at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London on 6th September from 6pm - 9m, you will be able to meet the Three Wine Men and find out why interest in South African wines is at an all time high. Oz, Tim and Olly will introduce you to a diverse selection of some of South Africa’s best wines.  As well as the chance to taste you can also meet the talented winemakers in person to grill them about their magic touch in getting the fruit into the bottle.

We look forward to raising a glass of delicious South African wine with you in the iconic South African High Commission, overlooking Trafalgar Square in September.

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Oldenburg flies high with British Airways Business Class

By Admin | 27 April 2016

The Oldenburg Chenin Blanc 2015 and Chardonnay 2015 have just been selected for British Airways Business Class, London to Cape Town and Johannesburg routes. So, if you find yourself lucky enough to be travelling to South Africa in Business Class with British Airways, make sure you try the Oldenburg wines. It's the ideal way to start your journey and should your final destination be Cape Town, you can visit the beautiful wine Estate and taste the wines again in situ! 

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Oldenburg wines now available from Ocado

By Admin | 26 April 2016

Oldenburg Vineyards produce small quantities of hand-crafted red and white wines. You can imagine our elation when we learned that two Oldenburg wines are now available through Ocado:

The food friendly Oldenburg Chenin Blanc (£15.95) is full of tropical fruit flavours and the short time spent in oak barrels gives the wine a beautiful caramel biscuit flavour. This is the ideal wine to enjoy with roast pork.

If you are looking for a delicious red wine, you can't go wrong with the Oldenburg Syrah (£21.99). The Oldenburg Syrah 2012 has lots of red fruit, plum and cherries on the nose and there is a hint of white pepper that adds a dash of spice. This wine is firm and has youthful tannins, another fantastic food wine and a classic roast beef would work perfectly. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

As I write, I’m about to embark on another South African venture. I’m catching a plane today to Cape Town, to judge the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition. While I’m there, I’ll also have a chance to nip down to the beautiful Franschhoek region, to focus on MCC (Methode Cap Classique, South Africa’s traditional method sparkling wine category). I’m looking forward to both immensely, and although it’s winter in the Cape, you never know – if you are lucky with the weather, you can get some pleasant winter sunshine. But you have to be prepared to be rained on. Mind you, I don’t begrudge the rain. Winegrowers here rely on decent rainfall in the winter to replenish ground reserves and fill up dams. If you want decent wine in reasonable quantities, then don’t complain about getting rained on in winter.

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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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