Wines of South Africa

WOSA is going to be in town tomorrow at the Astor Center as a part of their world tour of workshops.

I intend to attend at least three of the seminars. From their literature:

Good Better Blends
Not only is this category growing in South Africa, it is also gaining increased recognition internationally. Several speakers will present some of the country’s most respected red and white blends. The speakers are Francois Haasbroek, Waterford;
Niel Bester, Plaisir de Merle; Wilhelm Pienaar, Nederburg.

Chenin Blanc’s Diversity
Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted varietal – for good reason. This seminar will showcase the various styles and flexibility of Chenin Blanc, from the fresh & fruity through the rich & ripe to the sweet and sparkling. Carl van der Merwe, De Morgenzon; Ken Forrester, Ken Forrester Wines; Niel Groenewald, Bellingham DGB;
Richard Kershaw, Mulderbosch

Flagship Reds
Winemakers will present some of South Africa’s iconic and ultra premium red wines. These highly recognised reds will include single varietal and blended wines, as well as some older vintages. Bruwer Raats, Raats Family and Mvemve Raats; Emil Den Dulk, De Toren; Henry Kotze, Morgenster; Mike Ratcliff,Vilafonté and Warwick
Ex Africa semper aliquid novi – Always something new out of Africa
The saying “Always something new out of Africa” could not be more true than when applied to the South African wine lands. South Africa has established a pioneering partnership between the wine industry and the conservation body WWF, and now leads the the world in conserving natural biodiversity. A world first, the country’s new seal guarantees both a wine’s integrity and that the wine has been sustainably produced. More and more of our wineries are moving towards producing wine in harmony with nature, moving towards organic or biodynamic. Our new seal, a world first, certifies both a wine’s integrity and that it has been sustainabiy produced. South Africa also has more Fairtrade wines than any other country . This seminar gives you the opportunity to meet some of the vineyard owners spearheading these dynamics and to taste some of their very best wines. Johan Reyneke, Reyneke; Paul Cluver Jnr, Paul Cluver; Vernon Henn, Thandi.

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