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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Schalk Burger and Sons

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. 

Earth Hour

Getting ready for Earth Hour 2015

By Claudia | 25 March 2015

This Saturday (28th March 2015) the lights in our house will be going out between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. We will be using our power to change climate change and joining the Earth Hour movement, dining by candle light and enjoying the humour of friends instead of watching The Voice.

Earth Hour is a non-profit organisation with a mission to unite people to protect the planet. Describing themselves as an ‘open source movement organised by the WWF and volunteer organisations worldwide’, their mission is to unite us all and harness the power of the people to change. It has worked. Earth Hour famously started in Australia when, in 2007, the city went dark as people turned out their lights. Since then the movement has grown to incorporate 162 countries and territories around the globe. The impact has been substantial, by using the power of a crowd, legislation has been changed and a positive environmental impact achieved.

Find out more about Earth Hour and how you can get involved in events happening in your area here.

After a busy week we can’t wait for lights out on Saturday 28th March 2015, 8.30pm. Join us. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It's one of my favourite grape varieties. Back in the mid-1990s I fell in love with wine, and the first variety that really grabbed me was Shiraz, although as a true geek I had catholic tastes and was willing to try just about anything. And like many Brits at the time, it was Australian wine that caught my eye. Aussie Shiraz had self-confidence. It had seductive sweet fruit, some spice, a rich texture – and it delivered pleasure. This is one face of Shiraz as a variety. It's sweetly fruited and bold, with some grunt, but also showing a softer, more approachable face.

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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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