Tasting Zone: Hall 9 B48

This special wine tasting area will allow you to explore a selection of 120 wines, in a wide range of styles and regions, highlighting top quality wines produced in South Africa. Our expert Wines of South Africa representatives are available for advice upon request.

DAILY Special tastings

>> MORNING: 10:00 – 13:00
The wines that are showcased in the morning represent a selection of South Africa’s Award-winning wines. The five pods were selected using a matrix which covered six international and local competitions and ratings to identify some of the top-awarded wines from South Africa.

Méthode Cap Classiques
Award-Winning Whites (2 pods)
Award-Winning Reds (2 pods)

>> AFTERNOON: 14:00 – 17:00
In the afternoon you will be able to get a glimpse into South Africa’s famous Chenin Blancs. Each of the five pods will showcase a different style for this formidable grape in order to highlight the versatility and complexity of South Africa’s most widely planted grape.

Old Vine
Fresh and Fruity
Rich and Full- bodied
Older Vintages

Méthode Cap Classique
South Africa’s answer to traditional method Champagne has seen a sharp rise in popularity from all corners of the earth. Traditional varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are most often used, however certain producers are making excellent bubblies using other varietals such as Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and various different blends. In order to be labelled as a Cap Classique, the wine needs to undergo a secondary bottle fermentation and spend a minimum time of 9 months on the lees.

Award -winning Whites
South African white wines have long been hugely popular both locally and internationally. Their crisp freshness and diverse range of flavours have seen a supply in a range of styles that vary between being light and fruity to showing great minerality and sublime richness. These white wines are excellent when served alongside food or by themselves and represent a widespread terroir across the Cape winelands.

Award -winning Reds
Rich and robust or elegant and light, this selection of award-winning South African red wines offers a cacophony of flavours that are bound to excite even the harshest of critics. The diverse offering in these red wines truly showcase the best of the best, albeit only a small representation thereof. South African reds have come a long way and provide complexity in flavour in a wide selection of styles that ensures a uniqueness in style that is truly our own.

Chenin Blanc: Old Vines
Old vines make wines with a unique character, wines that reflect the vastness of our South African landscape. The Old Vine Project was formally established in 2016 and wants to preserve vines older than 35 years by creating an awareness of the heritage of old vines. It is estimated that there are just over 3,000 hectares of vineyards in South Africa that are 35 years and older – about 1% of total plantings – with 1,300ha Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc: Fresh & Fruity (Unwooded)
Many wine drinkers tend to buy wine for immediate enjoyment. Fresh, young South African Chenin Blanc wines answer this call admirably. These wines have seductive fresh and delicate floral aromas and a host of fruit salad flavours, sometimes apple or melon, apricot, guava and pineapple, all backed by firm, crisp, natural acidity that make Chenin Blanc wines so perfectly balanced.

Chenin Blanc: Rich and full-bodied (Wooded)
Traditionally, most South African Chenin Blanc was made in a fresh and fruit-forward style. Recently, though, there has been more attention placed upon rich, oaked selections that display depth of flavour, power and potential to age. Full ripe, rich textured wines with oak barrel fermentation and ageing make for complex powerful wines. The use of oak, (whether new or old, but a definite move towards subtleness) all help to create wines with more complexity and character.

Chenin Blanc: Older Vintages
It is well-known that Chenin Blanc has the ability to age well. The naturally high acidity of the variety, rich fruit and lushly textured palate give the promise of longevity. With ageing, Chenin Blanc becomes richer and more complex and starts to show honey, hay and spiciness that makes older Chenin Blanc so desirable.

Chenin Blanc also has the ability to show great power with elegance and freshness, perfect for food…great acidity, lots of fruit and minerality.

Chenin Blanc: Sweet
Chenin Blanc produces some of the world’s most stunningly balanced dessert wines. Their concentrated flavours result in intense, layered wines in which decadent fruit flavours of dried apricots and honeyed peaches are matched with cleansing acidity. The most common methods of production in SA include selective late harvesting and partial drying. Late harvest wines are produced from grapes that are typically infected with Botrytis cinerea.