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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Old Vine Project certification seal

World first as a new certification seal is launched by the Old Vine Project

By Admin | 20 April 2018

In all the winelands of the world, old vines get proudly mentioned on labels, in many languages. Such is the value everywhere accorded to old vineyards and the wines they produce. But only in one country, South Africa, is it possible for that claim to be certified by the regulatory authority. Here, members of the Old Vine Project (OVP) can now put a Certified Heritage Vineyards seal on bottles of wine made from vineyards of 35 years or older, together with the planting date. This is a guarantee to the consumer of authentic wines grown according to the OVP viticultural and winemaking guidelines.

The first wines bearing the seal are now starting to appear on retail shelves around the world. Together with dozens of other wines celebrating the Cape's rich heritage of old vines, they will be showcased at a function in Stellenbosch on 20 April 2018, where the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal will be introduced to trade and media.

The Village Bistro, Seven Sisters

The Village Table Bistro opens at The Seven Sisters Vineyard

By Admin | 1 March 2018

A new bistro, situated on The Seven Sisters Vineyard, has opened in Stellenbosh. The Village Bistro draws inspiration from the roots and heritage of the seven sisters (and one brother) who own The Seven Sisters farm. The new eatery offers a taste of the Cape West Coast in the heart of the Winelands. We’re talking authentic, robust, hearty and wholesome meals accompanied by the fine wines cultivated on The Seven Sisters vineyard.

If you're travelling to South Africa soon, The Village Bistro is the ideal spot to experience South African hospitality at its best. Find out more about The Village Bistro here.

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.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

In the last WOSA newsletter I wrote about my experiences working vintage at Gabrielskloof, a winery in the Bot River region where three winemakers, Peter-Allan Finlayson, Marelise Niemann and John Seccombe share the same space. In that article, I talked about the red winemaking process; here I'll share a bit about some of the white winemaking choices and techniques.

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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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