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

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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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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