Upcoming Events 2018
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Sunday, Sept 16th
Braai @ Cosman's
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Tuesday, Oct 23rd
SA Wine & Polish Food @ Izba
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Tuesday, December 7th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
Past Events 2017-2018
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Monday, July 23rd
Anthony Hamilton Russell talks about 3 wine labels @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, April 24th
Bordeaux-style Cape Blends & Their Siblings @ Faculty Club
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Tuesday, May 15th
Hannibal Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Monday, March 19th
Kanonkop Paul Sauer Dinner @ The Monkey Bar
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Wednesday, February 21st
The Shiraz Challenge (SAF vs AUS) @ Faculty Club
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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


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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Sunday, September 16th

25th Annual Braai
The Cosman's Garden
Event Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Braai. A noun, a verb, a way of life!

Braai is Afrikaans for barbecue or grill and is a social custom in South Africa. It is celebrated annually by South Africans across the world on 24 September

It is time for one of our most popular casual events -- The annual 2018 Braai will be at The Cosman’s with catering by Mario Goriup. A great opportunity for us to meet and mingle with our members. For dinner, we will be featuring a variety of wines from the wine cellar. You just never know – your old favourite may be among them. Mario will prepare a South African “mixed grill” which has lots of variety: steak, lamb ribs, pork, sausages, chicken etc. Even roast potatoes!! This is also your opportunity to invite a friend to have an alfresco dinner with us. Guests pay no premium so invite your friends. Need a ride? Simply check the box on the reply form or let us know by e-mail and we will try to link you with a registrant from your area.


Mixed Grill
Boerewors, Chebabs (Mario’s Slovenian heritage)
Variety of Mixed Salads
Garlic Bread
Traditional South African Milk Tart
A wide assortment of red and white wines
And of course biltong

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


Sunday, September 16th. Start: 2:00 pm (Food served at 4:00pm) & this Event runs rain or shine.


Cosman's Residence, 8 Paul Street, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 2H4
Yonge St north to John St, then east 3 blocks to Paul St.


$75 Members & 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 September 9th, 2018. 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 Bokke Wines

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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