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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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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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SOLD OUT!

By Admin | 31 August 2016

WOZANI with the Three Wine Men has now sold out! We look forward to seeing all those who managed to purchase tickets at the South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London on 6th September. 

We are thrilled that so many of our top winemakers will be there to share their stories and wines with you and we are looking forward to a fun filled evening. We also can't wait to taste the Biltong from WOZA

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Exhibitors announced for WOZANI with Three Wine Men

By Admin | 3 August 2016

The exhibitors for WOZANI with the Three Wine Men have been announced and you can be there and join Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith as they introduce you to a diverse selection of some of South Africa’s best wines.  As well as the chance to taste you can also meet the talented winemakers in person to grill them about their magic touch in getting the fruit into the bottle.

 

 

 

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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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