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

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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