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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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Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate

Benguela Cove recreate South African style wine tourism experience in the UK

By Admin | 8 May 2017

When you visit the South African winelands, it's not hard to find activities to enjoy before you set about tasting wine and taking in spectacular views over a delicious lunch.  Now, you don't need to travel all the way to South Africa to experience the hospitality and experience offered on vineyards in the Cape. Entrepreneur, Penny Streeter OBE, is bringing the experience to you. As the owner of Benguela Cove, a vineyard in Hermanus, the Walker Bay region of South Africa, Penny decided to buy Mannings Heath Golf Club to develop it into the UK's first golf and wine estate, with wine tastings and pairings.

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Cabernet Franc Challenge 2017 Winners announced

By Admin | 27 March 2017

Cabernet Franc is a fashionable grape variety that is suited to the South African climate. Increasingly producers are focusing on single variety wines rather than using Cabernet Franc as part of a blend. With quality improving year on year and some outstanding wines being produced, it is inevitable that a competition would be launched. Now in its second year, the South African Cabernet Franc Challenge has announced the winners.

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New flagship range from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines released

By Claudia | 24 March 2017

Since 2013, Andrea and Chris Mullineux have been working on a new wine project with their partner Analjit Singh and today they have just announced the release of a new flagship portfolio of wines called Leeu Passant -  a name derived from heraldry, where a “Lion Passant” is a walking lion. 

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It's every wine producing country's marketing dream: to have your own unique grape variety. These days the wine world is very competitive, and it's all very well making great Chardonnay, or Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot, or Sauvignon Blanc. Lots of countries make good examples of these wines, and you are just one of a crowd. What everyone wants is their own unique offering, and South Africa has just such a grape variety, and quite a bit of it. There is a problem, though. How do I put it kindly? This grape variety is not, to use a nice British phrase, everyone's cup of tea. It is Pinotage, until recently the marmite of red grape varieties.

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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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