Upcoming Events 2018
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Wednesday, February 21st
The Shiraz Challenge (SAF vs AUS) @ Faculty Club
Past Events 2014-2017
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Tuesday, September 12th
Meerlust Rubicon Vertical Tasting @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, May 17th
Bargain Wines @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, April 18th
De Toren Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Monday, March 20th
Fusion Dinner @ California Roll
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Thursday, February 23rd
War Of The Wines @ Columbus Centre
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Friday, December 2nd
Yuletide Celebration @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, November 9th
What goes? @ Kwan
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Monday, October 17th
Faculty Club
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Tuesday, September 13th
Shiraz/Syrah Foor + Tasting @ Boland's
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Sunday, June 26th
Braai @ 9 Paul Street
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Tuesday, May 24th
The High Road Winery @ Boland's Kitchen
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Tuesday, April 19th
Special Seafood Dinner @ Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, March 15th
The Great Wine Quiz​: Test Your Wine IQ
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Thursday, February 18th
Amici dell'Enotria
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Friday, December 4
Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, October 19
De Torren Vertical Tasting @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Tuesday, September 1
Dinner With Lammershoek Pinotage @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Tuesday, July 14
Cool Climate Wines Tasting
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Thursday, May 16
High End Tasting
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Tuesday, April 14
Sauvignon blanc tasting
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Thursday, March 19
Indian Dinner
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Thursday, February 5
The War Of The Wines @ The Columbus Centre
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Friday, December 6
Xmas Event @ TLTC


Welcome to The South African Wine Society (SAWS)

The South African Wine Society, now in its 20th 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 Events

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Wednesday, Feb 21st

The Shiraz Challenge (South Africa VS Australia)
The Faculty Club
Tasting: 6:30pm

In February, South African shiraz wines are pitted blind against Australian examples and guests are asked to choose their favourite. Will it be a bit of a wipeout for the Aussies? It will be up to a group of 60 attendees, with taste buds at the ready, to sip, sniff and slurp to discern their best-liked shiraz.

After a crisp, refreshing glass of white reception wine, one from each country, we will taste eight examples of shiraz, served blind and in random order, and rank our wines. Simple, right? Well, that is the idea. Each table will summarize its score sheets and then the table score sheets will be turned in so that we can create a roomranking. Who will win? At this stage it’s anybody’s guess.

Will you prefer a wine full of dried fruit, candied peel and honey along with a lifted floral note to balance. Or, how about one with a touch of savoury flavour – dominating on the caramel, marmalade and toffee notes – but overall sweeter in style?

Both countries will field some truly excellent wines and the score could go either way. Simply looking at scores doesn’t show just how much analysis, conversation and interest these wines created among the attendees. The wines are the stars of the night and it will be interesting to listen to what everyone thought, how they argued for their favourites and eventually decided their choices. We can only hope that South Africa wins hands down – but Australia needn’t hang its head in shame.

We will be there to talk about the wines and the wineries. To complete the evening a tasting plate will be served. Join us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening.


Australian Wines

-Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz/Viognier Adelaide Hills 2004
Dark purple, fruit aroma lingers as you pour. Rich full mouth feel, not a bomb, drinking well. Dark fruit on the nose, Bright berry fruit through the front & mid palate.

-Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz/Grenache Barossa Valley 2005
80/20 blend of shiraz/grenache Rich black cherry, black raspberry, tobacco scented red with spicy, menthol, vanilla aromas. Ripe, round, rich and moderately elegant. Raspberry jam, orange peel, black cherry, menthol, coffee and vanilla flavours with a smoky, licorice finish. Great fruit with just a dusting of grippy tannins at the backend.

-BRL Hardy Chateau Reynella Shiraz McLaren Vale 2005
Mellowing nicely, good integration & balance with a medium finish.

-Craneford Basket Pressed Shiraz Barossa Valley 2006
Lively, super-ripe fruit aromas and concentrated layers of black fruit flavours - intense and long.

-Wakefield Clare Valley Estate Chardonnay 2016
Sourced from sites in the relatively cool climate of Clare Valley. Expect this wine to reflect the sunny tropical fruit, peach and citrus characters this region is known for.

South African Wines

-Graham Beck The Joshua 2002 Shiraz/Viognier
93% shiraz, 7% viognier Unique blend reveals spiciness, hints of violets and licorice flavours.

-Sequillo Cellars Red 2009 Syrah/Mourvedre
Syrah, mourvedre, grenache, carignan and cinsault. Terrific nose, full of spicy dark berry fruit, fresh earth and licorice in a pure and authentic expression. The palate is fullish, neither heavy nor thin, just a delicious mouthful of crushed berry fruit, Mediterranean herbs, fennel and licorice, scorched earth and black stone. Long finish. An intense wine.

-Hartenberg Shiraz 2005
Voluptuous with displays of rich concentrated spice, pluminess and savouriness with big, but subtle tannins.

-Kloovenburg Shiraz 2006
Sophisticated bouquet of spice, light coffee, sour cherry & fennel. Full bodied, but extremely soft on the palate.

-Raats Family Original Chenin Blanc 2016
Unwooded, old vines chenin offers fabulous aromatics, dripping with ripe citrus, melon and apple fruit, with excellent length and depth and appealing flavour. It is mid-weight, dry and juicy.

*We will make every effort to accommodate your food allergies or special dietary needs if requested.


Friday, February 21st. Dinner 6:30 pm


University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto M5S 1C7
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina. 416 978-6325


$60 Members

$70 Guests

This event has a capacity limit. Once reached, members will be advised that no further registrations will be taken.

Closing date: Your booking or cancellation must be received by Friday, November 13th. You will be contacted if we are unable to accept your booking.

Your cheque payable to South African Wine Society or Visa credit card information will reserve your place. If we have your credit card information on file, you may book by e-mail to sawsinfo@rogers.com
* Visa charges will appear as Pushka Holdings.

To find more information about the event, including registration, follow this link.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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

What the South African Wine Society Offers

We hold 8 to 10 events per year made up of wine tastings and dinner with wine matching.

Recent events:

  • Differences between South African and Canadian Wines
  • Monday with Meerlus
  • Wine and Art
  • Steenberg Vineyards
  • Lanzerac vertical tasting
  • Port, Cheese & Chocolate including truffles & chocolate- dipped strawberries
  • Hidden Gems of the Cape
  • Take the Mystery out of Wine and Food Pairings

  • Humber College Gourmet Dinner (Joint event with the Body and Soul of Portugal Wine Society)
  • Lammershoek Dinner
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Braii - Annual BBQ

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Event Info:

  • Events are located in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Excluding our annual Braii, events occur on weekdays, from 6:30 p m to 8:30 pm.
  • Features eight South African wines.
  • Is accompanied by dinner and/or appetizers
  • Allows you to try South African wines that are often not available at the provincially run liquor control board (LCBO).
  • Is led by an industry expert - a winemaker, a wine writer or other professional.
  • Is cost-friendly. As a non-profit organization, our aim is to allow you to try an extensive variety of high-quality wines at a reasonable price.

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Special Wine Events:

  • Each year we offer two of special events.
  • In February, we have the Gourmet Dinner Event on the evening of Ontario's Family Day holiday..
  • In June, we spend a lovely afternoon at Mario's farm just 45 minutes outside Toronto. This event exposes you to a traditional African Braii (BBQ) which includes Lamb on the spit, Chicken kebabs, boerewors (sausage), Stywe pap (if you haven't tried it, now is the time!), biltong (a dried meat like jerky), and traditional South African milk tart.

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

If you want information on becoming a member visit our Membership page or you can email
our membership coordinator at SAWS-membership@rogers.com.

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