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The South African wine industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach as well as its top notch wines and young, creative winemakers.

The industry is progressing and changing at speed, as South Africa is increasingly recognised for premium wines and world-class wine tourism. Read all the latest news from Wines of South Africa...

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Tim Atkin MW's 2016 South Africa Special Report

By Admin | 15 September 2016

In his fourth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition.

"A winning combination of better viticulture, the development of new wine regions and the emergence of a young generation of wine-making talent make South Africa the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world right now,” he says. Atkin singles out Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Méthode Cap Classique wines for special praise in his 2016 report.

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Benguela Cove wine estate

UK Launch of Benguela Cove Wines - and first Golf & Wine Estate

By Admin | 15 September 2016

When we recieved an email about a winery and golf course was opening, we naturally assumeed that we'd have to fork out the cost of a flight to South Africa to get there. Imagine then, when we realised that the golf course was actually in the UK and we could enjoy a slice of the South African lifestyle without getting on a plane. Hurrah! 

Launced in September, the UK's first golf and wine estate at Mannings Heath golf club in Surrey showcases wines from Benguela Cove which are produced in the beautiful Walker Bay region of South Africa. 

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New events added to our events page

By Admin | 31 August 2016

September is shaping up to be 'South Africa Month' in the UK, there are so many South African tastings taking place over the next month - check out our events page here for a few highlights. 

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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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