Leave Ordinary Behind

Faith47 - The Origin Wine Canvas

Prowein 2010 Sue Birch WOSA - Wines of South Africa

Mario Scheuermann im Interview mit Su Birch (CEO Wines of South Africa)

The Cape Floral Kingdom

A new seal for South African wines, a world first

Seal master 04

The Story of Wines of South Africa

20 Years of Democracy Animated Video

In the last two decades, South African wines have taken a quantum leap forward. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of our young democracy and we celebrate this milestone by underscoring just how far our wine industry has advanced since its readmission to world trade in the 1990s.

In the words of our great leader, Nelson Mandela: “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

Unathi Mantshongo

Unathi Mantshongo, viticulturist at Nederburg, had no idea what her degree entailed when she was awarded a bursary to study viticulture and oenology. Today she feels that she is at the ground roots of change in the South African wine industry.

Zelda Petrus

It was hard growing up in Lavender Hill, which is notorious for violence and gangsterism, and things became even harder for Zelda Petrus when she was widowed. Determined to make a life for herself and her young son, she worked her way up from tea lady/cleaner to cellar ambassador at Steenberg.

Vernon Henn

Vernon Henn, who grew up living hand to mouth on the Cape Flats, is the MD of Thandi Wines, which was the first BEE project in the agricultural sector in 1995. What motivates him every morning is creating a better life for the people of Thandi.

Last Mangachena

Last Mangachena, a recognised refugee who hails from Zimbabwe, arrived here with just R10 in his pocket and found a job with equal opportunity employer Waverley Hills as a gardener. Today this nature lover is an environmental officer who runs the nursery.

Glensten Sherman Pieterse

Former gang member Glensten Sherman Pieterse turned his life around and found happiness working as a farrier on Waterkloof wine farm.

Doon Stevens

Doon Stevens grew up on Backsberg Estate, where he met and married his childhood sweetheart. Life was a struggle initially but today he is a cellar assistant who is passionate about winemaking and a proud homeowner.

Rita Andreas

Rita Andreas has a deep love for Lelienfontein in Wellington. The fifth generation of her family to grow up here, she never thought that one day she’d be a co-owner of a big wine farm.

Ntsiki Biyela

Ntsiki Biyela, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal, loves her job as winemaker at Stellekaya Winery. She has embraced the culture of wine and enjoyed every step of her journey.

Cynthia Pieterson

The Fairhills project has brought positive change to this Breedekloof farm, where Cynthia Pieterson is the third generation of her family to live and work. When she started a small daycare centre, she never dreamed that one day she would be the principal of three.

Andisiwe Ketsiwe

"The Democracy Series gives expression at a very intimate, human level to the impact of the many transformation initiatives occurring throughout the wine industry. These range from black economic empowerment ventures to bursary and training programmes, as well as to various eco and social sustainability projects.

"As winemaker Ntsiki Biyela says, wine is for people to enjoy the journey!"

How to Braai – Starting the Fire

How to Braai – Boerewors (Sausage) as a Snack

How to Braai – Boerewors (Sausage) & Chops

How to Braai – Steak

How to Braai – Lamb - a Rack & Thick Chops

How to Braai – Fish - Yellowtail

How to Braai – Making a Potjie (Slow Cooking)