Back in the 1650’s Dutch settlers came over to South Africa, bringing with them the first grape vines to plant and harvest. At first, wine production did not take off. It wasn’t until the French Huguenots arrived, back in the 1680’s, that with their viticulture skills and knowledge that wine production became a success. By the 1900’s South Africa had over 80 million vines planted and where known around the world for their legendary dessert wine, Vin de Constance, created by South Africa’s oldest wine estate. Today, South Africa is one of the most prominent wine producing countries in the southern hemisphere. They also have about 60 appellations within the South African wine origin system. Their signature varietal is the pinotage which is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. The grape varietals, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are the most planted grapes in South Africa. One last fun fact about South African wines is that South Africa is known for “bridging the gap” between new world and old world winemaking techniques!
What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The 6 to 8 wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.