About Wines of South Africa

Wines of South Africa is the non-profit, umbrella organisation that globally represents the South African wine industry.

It is responsible for marketing South African wines in all countries where the wines are sold in significant quantities, including the UK which is the leading market for South African wine exports.

The organisation is also responsible for bringing 'brand South Africa' to life and encouraging wine lovers everywhere to experience the amazing diversity of wines South Africa has to offer. The Wines of South Africa slogan, 'Welcome to our world of discovery' celebrates the unique diversity of premium quality wine, the South African people, its landscapes and exquisite natural habitat.

The organisation and this website exist to serve as a resource for anyone looking for information on South African wines. Here you will find out where you can buy South African wines, read more about visiting SA, find recipes, watch videos and even enter competitions.

The Wines of South Africa team

Wines of South Africa was established in 1999 and has over 500 South African wine exporters and producers exporters on its database.

  • Michael Jordaan – chairman of Wines of South Africa and owner of boutique South African winery, Bartinney. Venture capitalist and former CEO of First National Bank (FNB).
  • Siobhan Thompson – chief executive officer
  • Jo Wehring – UK market manager

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About South Africa and its wines

At the Southern tip of the African continent, where two oceans meet, lies a magical destination famed for its beauty as well as its wines. Cape Town is South Africa's wine capital and the gateway to the fruitful and attraction-filled South African winelands. In the shadow of Table Mountain the cultures of Africa, Europe and the East have met and mingled for more than 350 years.

The result? A city that is both ancient and modern, culturally vibrant and rich in colourful history. And the wine? Excellent!

The Cape has witnessed many events in South Africa's history and it was here that in 1990, Nelson Mandela took his historic 'walk to freedom'. Where Archbishop Tutu described the new South African nation as 'the rainbow people of God'. And where the Rainbow Nation was born.

Today, South Africa is a peaceful democracy and a dynamic country of enormous diversity. A winemaking tradition and history dating back over three and a half centuries blends the restrained elegance of the old world with the accessible, fruit driven styles of the new, making for varied and exciting wines which reflect the distinctive terroir of South Africa's diverse wine regions.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Why is Cape Town such a great tourist destination? Oh, there are so many reasons. I first took my family there back in 2003, when our boys were still young. I remember that before we travelled, most of the people we spoke to were surprised: isn’t it risky to take your family on holiday there? What about the crime? This planted little seeds of doubt in my mind, so for the first day of that trip I was scared and overly cautious. But I quickly realised that the concerned friends were completely wrong. While crime certainly exists, and I’m not making light of it, I’ve been multiple times and never felt threatened any more than I would in London or Paris.

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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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