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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Planning to visit Cape Town and the Western Cape? Come and enjoy, but be mindful of the drought

By Admin | 29 January 2018

Come and enjoy…. Cape Town and the Western Cape are open for business in spite of the current drought. 

Visitors are arriving in a place with a significant breadth and depth of experiences, and exceptional beauty. However, as beautiful as it is, the Western Cape is a water-scarce part of the world (much like other successful tourist regions like Southern California and Western Australia) and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and susceptible to periodic droughts. 

At present the Western Cape is experiencing a significant drought. This is a one in 1000-year occurrence. To counter the short-term effects of the drought, the City has put in place a number of initiatives to increase the supply of water and make provision for extreme water shortages. There are still many places across the Western Cape that are not as severely affected by the drought such as the nearby Garden Route and the Cape Overberg. …but be mindful.

South African wine specialist launched

By Admin | 5 December 2017

A new online retailer, Vino Pronto, has launched to offer an exclusively South African range of wines, delivered directly to your doorstep. 

Vino Pronto is the brainchild of Richard Kilian who runs the UK side of the business and Luke Hirst who has his eyes and ears in Cape Town, working directly with many of the wine-makers they represent.

With many wines listed on their website exclusive to Vino Pronto in the UK, their range is focused whilst offering something for everyone. We highly recommend signing up to their newsletter to find out more and keep an eye on their website for details of wine tastings and events

Visit Vino Pronto at http://www.vinopronto.co.uk/

 

Nederburg, #DoYourPart, Qhubeka, Team Dimension Data

On your bike!

By Admin | 31 October 2017

Now is the time to get active and beat those winter blues by joining one of our award-winning premium wine brands, Nederburg, as they encourage you to #DoYourPart by riding your bike and raising money to get communities across Africa mobilised and moving forward. 

 

Nederburg believe that cycling, like wine, is complex, intense, requires passion, discipline and evokes real emotion. And so, the partnership with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was born. 

 

Qhubeka, named after a Nguni word that means “to carry on,” “to progress,” “to move forward”, believes that mobilising people with bicycles can change lives by creating access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities. Today the majority of Africa’s rural population suffers from limited means of transportation, having to walk long distances to get to these basic amenities. By providing bicycles to these communities, Nederburg and Qhubeka’s continued partnership enhances lives by simply cutting travel time. This leads to societies having a better quality of life and being able to achieve what would not have been possible before.   

  

So how can you #DoYourPart?

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Back in October, Eben Sadie - one of South Africa's most well known winemakers - came to London to present a vertical of his wines, and talk about his journey, since he started out on his own 17 years ago. It's always interesting listening to Eben talk, because he's very thoughtful, and also quite humorous.   One of the main changes he's made to his winemaking over the years is a move to picking the grapes earlier. The decision about when to pick is one of the most significant that a winegrower has to make, and this is why ripeness is such an interesting topic. It's also a controversial topic in some circles.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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