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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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Tickets now on sale for The Pebbles Pulse Party

By Admin | 10 August 2017

Please join Wines of South Africa at the Pebbles Pulse Party, sponsored by Bosman Family Vineyards, on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6.30pm at The Hand and Flower, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8XJ.

Tickets are £45 per person and that includes food and drink. To book your tickets, please email: The Pebbles Project here. There will also be a prize for the best fancy dress costume.

This party is to raise funds for the invaluable services provided by the Pebbles Project Health Clinic.

The Pebbles Project runs a state-of-the-art modular clinic that provides medical, wellness and dental services for children from disadvantaged communities in the Cape Winelands. 

Services include immunizations, TB testing and treatment, HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and treatment, height and weight tracking, treatment of childhood illnesses and injuries, an oral health brushing programme and dental treatment.  It costs £60 per child per year (just £5 per month) for the full range of services.

With the party being sponsored by Bosman Family Vineyards, you will enjoy top quality wine throughout the evening and with JF Hillebrand also sponsoring the evening you can be confident that all the money raised throughout the event will go to The Pebbles Project and benefit the communities they work in. 

For more information about Pebbles Project, visit www.pebblesproject.co.za

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May de Lencquesaing holding her IWC Lifetime Achievement Award, flanked on the left by Tim Atkin (MW and co-chairman of the IWC) and Charles Metcalfe (co-founder of the IWC)

MAY DE LENCQUESAING RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By Admin | 3 August 2017

Honouring a career spanning over 40 years, May de Lencquesaing, ‘Grande Dame’ of Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC).

The ceremony took place on 6th July at the Hilton Park Lane in London in front of a sell-out audience of winemakers, restaurateurs, trade and press from across the globe who gave May de Lencquesaing a standing ovation.

 

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Opening Doors | Part 1

By Admin | 3 July 2017

Outwardly, it’s been a year of positive changes in the winelands community. A number of organisations have been opening doors all over the map and none more so than the Vinpro Foundation. This NPO has identified three transformation target arenas; Harm Reduction, within workers’ lives; Early Childhood Development, for the birthing of a fresh legacy; and Leadership and Skills, a key requirement for the workers of today. Vinpro’s Unathi Mantshongo (pictured), believes that, “The industry has to become inclusive on all levels, in order to be competitive and thrive.” With this in mind, we decide it would be a good idea to connect with some people on the frontline of transformation, to see if they have positive things to say...

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Jamie Goode

There's been a lot of talk of late about the potential of buying South Africa's fine wines as investments. This is a completely new development, and it's not without its sceptics. But many think the fact that it is being talked about suggests that South Africa's top wines have come of age.   Wine investment is nothing new. The classic well-to-do English wine connoisseur would typically buy more Bordeaux en primeur (the process by which the top wines are offered in the spring following the vintage as futures, before they are even bottled) than he or she needed. Typically, between buying the wines and drinking them, the value of the wines would have increased, so they would sell off some of their wine and, if they were lucky, drink for free.

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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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