Posted: January 05, 2021
A New Year is a time for new beginnings, which is why we’re making 2021 the year of the New World.
While bottles from traditional wine-growing countries such as France and Italy are still among some of the finest across the globe, New World wines, such as those produced in South Africa, have been rapidly gaining in popularity over recent years, and for good reason too!
This year, we’re keen for even more wine lovers to step out of their comfort zone and experience a taste of the New World, specifically, the wines of South Africa. So, as we bid farewell to 2020, an unexpected, ever-changing and rocky year for most, why not join us in our #NewYearNewWorld initiative?
Posted: November 17, 2020
As the home of the UK’s largest selection of South African bottles, we understand how shopping online for your next New World wine fix could become a little overwhelming. That’s why we aim to regularly share with you our favourite bottles and create easier ways to shop with us.
With Christmas around the corner, shopping for festive wines can quickly become stressful, but with our range of handpicked Christmas cases, you needn’t stress – we’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at this year’s Christmas wine recommendations, in the form of our new and exciting Christmas cases:
Our Favourite Reds - £138.88 (SAVE £38!)
Comprised of some of our bestselling South African reds, this handpicked Christmas case includes 12 bottles of stunning wine from a range of vintages – old and new and is ideal for those who like to indulge in a glass of deep, fruity wine.
Included in the case is two bottles of Iona’s One Man Band Red – a wine that forms part of our newest selection and one that comes highly recommended from our wine team.
Posted: November 10, 2020
A classic present for the wine-obsessed - a bottle of fine wine may be your go-to gift year in, year out, but have you ever considered purchasing something a little out of the ordinary? Something they’ve never tried before, but something equally (if not more) enjoyable? Here at The South Africa House of Wine, we stock a large collection of South Africa’s very best bottles, handpicked by our dedicated wine team, many of the wines we offer are hard to come by.
From new and exciting whites, to classic sweet reds and everything in-between, our Christmas Gifting selection offers something for everyone and every budget. Here’s our top 2020 recommendations:
As its name suggests, the taste of Moreson’s Fudge is heavily reminiscent of the classic sugar candy much-loved by many. Often described as ‘like drinking sticky toffee pudding’ – this bottle is a must-try for any wine enthusiast with a love for sweet treats. Made from grapes grown in the Franschhoek region of South Africa, this wine exhibits aromas of honey-coated figs, caramel fudge and treacle tart – a real treat for those who enjoy both Chardonnays and fragrant dessert wines.
Posted: November 03, 2020
With Christmas around the corner, you may be starting to think about your festive menu, but what really makes a Christmas dinner great? More than just the quality of the meat you choose or the perfectly-cooked pigs in blankets, choosing wines that complement your food makes for a Christmas dinner to remember. That’s why we’ve worked with our wine team to bring you an extensive list of wines, ideal to pair with this year’s Christmas feast.
Regularly used as a nibble to greet your guests with, canapes are best served alongside a welcome drink. Whether you’re planning to enjoy salmon and cream cheese, scallop and peas or even a miniature baked potato with sour cream and chives, Graham Beck’s Blanc De Blancs has been selected by our wine team as the canape drink of choice.
Rich, creamy and effortlessly elegant, this sparkling wine has biscuity, rich honey and
Posted: September 28, 2020
We are excited to officially unveil the new and improved look for The South Africa House of Wine, complete with a freshly-designed website, built entirely with the customer experience in mind.
As we continue to evolve at the fast-paced rate of today’s world, we at The South Africa House of Wine have undergone a design upgrade, with the aim of making our online customer experience easier and more enjoyable.
Our newly-designed website offers a clean and easy-to-navigate online experience, increased pay options and improved website functionality, giving our customers an altogether more seamless experience whilst shopping with us.
As always, our customers are our number one priority and we hope that our improved website will ensure each and every one of you has a positive experience whilst shopping with The South Africa House of Wine.
Posted: September 15, 2020
As one of the world’s top ten wine producing countries, South Africa is home to more than 21 wine estates, many of which are renowned for producing some of the globe's very best New World wines.
With so many bottles to choose from, selecting a South African wine to buy and enjoy can be overwhelming, which is why we often turn to Platter’s Wine Guide – the very first and best-selling wine guide dedicated solely to South African wines.
First produced in 1980, Platter’s Wine Guide was the brainchild of wine enthusiasts and print journalists, John and Erica Platter. Containing all you need to know about South African wine, from expert bottle ratings and estate notes, to tips for visiting the country’s wine trails – Platter’s Wine Guide is a handy little book that should be read and understood by each and every New World wine lover. Here’s how it works:
Posted: July 29, 2020
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing chaos for individuals, businesses and industries across the globe, we’ve seen some quite significant changes over recent months. Some of the world’s largest industries such as tourism and hospitality have suffered their toughest times, while other industries such as technology and home delivery services have never seen such demand.
Unfortunately, the wine industry is one that has fallen on slightly tougher times this year, but none has been affected by the impact of COVID-19 quite like the South African wine industry – an industry that is now at risk of never making a full recovery. Here’s why.
Early on in the pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented an alcohol sales ban on the whole of South Africa, in a bid to spare the country’s healthcare system pressure from any alcohol-related injuries. This initial ban meant no wine sellers or producers were able to sell their wines to the local people, nor were they able to export their wines to other countries (prior to COVID-19, around 50% of South African wine was exported), so that wine lovers worldwide could enjoy the delicious taste of South Africa.
Posted: April 02, 2020
Along with many annual traditions we usually enjoy surrounded by friends and family, your Easter celebrations may differ somewhat this year. Dinner may be limited to immediate family and the chocolate egg hunt may be restricted to your garden, but that doesn’t mean Easter can’t be just as good as it always is.
One thing that should amend yearly though, is your Easter wine list. Of course, creating the perfect Easter menu is highly dependent on your on your food choices, but whether you’re planning to tuck into a meal of chicken, lamb or a non-meat alternative, we have a list of amazing wines that will pair perfectly with this year’s Easter celebrations, no matter how subdued.
Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - £10.99
If roast beef or lamb is your meat of choice this Easter, then look no further than this pure and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon from Excelsior. Uncomplicated with notes of deep black fruits such as plums, blackberries and black cherries, this oaky wine balances well alongside a homecooked roast.
Posted: March 26, 2020
Creating the signature reds of South Africa, Pinotage is a grape, which is known for producing deep wines that feature earthy, bramble flavours occasionally balanced with notes of tropical fruit.
Pairing well with grilled or slow-cooked red meats such as lamb, beef, sausages or game, this South African favourite is often enjoyed at BBQs or alongside luxurious home-cooked meals.
Here’s just a snippet of the Pinotage wines we offer:
Hazy View Pinotage 2018 - £10.99
Described as a modern expression of South Africa’s signature red, Hazy View’s Pinotage is sourced from vineyards located in the Western Cape. The combination of the Western Cape’s Mediterranean climate as well as the oceanic breezes from the Atlantic gives its grapes a unique flavour. With slow, even ripening, this bottle offers a distinctively delicious taste.
Posted: March 12, 2020
When looking to buy great tasting wine, reserve collections are always a good place to start. Aged for longer than usual, either in the barrel or in the bottle, reserve wines are often of higher quality, making them the ideal choice for optimum taste.
Here at The South Africa House of Wine, we offer a great range of reserve wines from some of South Africa’s top producers (and they’re a lot less pricy than you may think!). Here we share some of our favourites.
Cleefs, Reserve Chardonnay, 2018 - £13.30
At just £13.30 (or £11.30 when buying six bottles or more), this premium wine is aged in the barrel for eight months, giving it an oaky edge alongside its natural flavours of soft stone fruits. Ideal for eating with rich fish dishes such as salmon or trout.
Aged for 11 months on its lees, this organic Chenin Blanc from Laibach is both rich and creamy. Made from the oldest vineyard on the farm, this wine features no additives and benefits from cool maritime conditions. A sophisticated white, which pairs perfectly with shellfish or spicy dishes.