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Welcome to The South African Wine Society (SAWS)

The South African Wine Society, now in its 35th year, is a non-profit wine tasting club focused on promoting knowledge about and access to South African wines in Canada. This is achieved by hosting informative wine tastings, relaxed social; dinners and providing members with an opportunity to savour wines which are readily available, as well as vintage collections from our carefully stocked cellar.

Why not join the Society and embark on a journey discovering the wines and foods of remarkable South Africa and its leading wine producing regions? Learn about our Wine Cellar – a hidden member benefit.

Upcoming Event

Pinotage Tasting
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
U of T Faculty Club @ 6:30 p.m.

Pinotage Grapes

Join us as we visit a selection of Pinotage (2005– 2017) from our cellar, accompanied by a menu of Tapas at the U of T Faculty Club. These wines, have been gracefully aging in our club cellar, and it is time that they shine and be enjoyed by our members.

Pinotage is a grape variety that was created in South Africa in 1924 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University in an attempt to create a new wine by combining the best qualities of Hermitage (Cinsault) and Pinot Noir. At that time Cinsault was known as hermitage in SA, hence the name Pinotage was the combination of “Pino” from “Pinot Noir” and “tage” from “Hermitage.”

This is an exciting opportunity to enjoy one of South Africa’s signature reds, in its prime as only SAWS members and guests can. The wines for this event are as follows.

Wines To Be Tasted

  • Lammershoek 2005 Swartland
  • Lammershoek 2006 Swartland
  • Grangehurst 2006 Stellenbosch
  • Black Elephant The Back Road 2012 Franschhoek
  • Super Single Thomas se Dolland 2013 Stellenbosch
  • Saxenberg Private Collection 2014 Stellenbosch
  • Flagstone Writers Block 2015 Breedekloof
  • B Vintners Liberte 2017 Stellenbosch

Menu (Tapas)

The Faculty Club will be providing Tapas to accompany our wine tastings:

Brie and Fig Phyllo Bundle.
Large Roasted Mushroom & Provolone Risotto Ball with Tomato Jam.
Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Open Face Striploin Sandwich on Challah with Arugula, & Truffle Aioli.
Polenta Fries with Parmesan and Garlic Aioli.
Plum Tomato Stuffed with Ratatouille.

We will make every effort to accommodate your food allergies or special dietary needs if requested. As a courtesy to other members, please refrain from wearing any scented products, including perfumes, colognes, after shaves or hand lotions.

When & Where

When: May 28, 2024 @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina. 416 978-6325
  • Members: $90
  • Guests: $105

Closing date: Your booking or cancellation must be received by Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Your E-transfer acknowledgement from your bank will be your only confirmation. If we are unable to accommodate your registration due to our capacity limit, you will be notified and a full refund will be offered.

Your cheque payable to South African Wine Society or Interac e-payment payable to sawsinfo@rogers.com (preferred) will reserve your place at the dinner.

Note: If you will be paying by cheque, please advise us in advance by sending an email to SAWS (sawsinfo@rogers.com) or calling such that we can reserve your place(s).

As a courtesy to other members, please refrain from wearing any scented products, including perfumes, colognes, after shaves or hand lotions.

Learn More & Register

To find out more information on our events you can contact us by email at: SAWSinfo@rogers.com

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