Upcoming Events 2019
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Wednesday, May 22nd
Perfect Pairings for Backyard Sipping & Grilling @ Faculty Club
Past Events 2017-2018
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Wednesday, April 24th
Special Seafood Dinner @ Lisbon By Night
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Tuesday, February 21st
Dinner Wih Friends and Bistro Reds @ Columbus Centre
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Tuesday, December 7th
Yuletide Dinner @ Globe Bistro
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Tuesday, Oct 23rd
SA Wine & Polish Food @ Izba
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Sunday, Sept 16th
Braai @ Cosman's
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Monday, July 23rd
Anthony Hamilton Russell talks about 4 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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Wednesday, May 22nd

Perfect Pairings for Backyard Sipping & Grilling
Faculty Club
Start: 6:30pm

Barbecue season is kicking off, and fancy grills have never been more popular. As you head outside to prepare meals cooked with fire, we see demand increase for wines that go well with these foods. BBQ friendly wines need not be expensive.

Strategies for paring wines with BBQ?

BBQ is not complete without rosé wines. Rosé, frequently considered as a ‘white wine alternative’ for the typically red wineleaning drinker, has some added structure and complexity like a red with a fresh clean finish like a white wine. BBQ can stand up to a richer style of wine - whether fuller bodied with more alcohol and tannin or a richer and weightier white wine. We will serve a fresh white starter/reception wine; five different rosés; and two fresh, easy drinking reds; all suited to the patio and BBQ environment. Our tasting will accompanied by an alfresco-style tasting plate.

Join us to see what we have assembled for your enjoyment.

The Wines

Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Derived from the cool growing areas flanking the city of Cape Town and hugging the cold Atlantic Ocean along the West Coast of Cape Town, the wine reflects beautiful flavours of white fruit and Cape gooseberries, balanced with a refined acidity.

Backsberg Pinotage Rosé 2017
Pinotage blend - Shows predominantly tropical shades of fruit with supple melon and traces of strawberry lingering.

Rustenberg Petit Verdot Rosé 2017
A dry rosé which exhibits elegant flavours of strawberries and rosé water / forward, fruity aromas & flavours on richly, soft, just-dry base.

Foundation Stone Rosé 2016
A blend of 48% grenache noir, 34% shiraz, 16% mouvedre, 2% viognier - A dry traditional style rosé with juicy red cherries and strawberries intermingled with Turkish Delight and a touch of spice. A lovely creamy yet fresh palate showing a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness.

Grand Provence Rosé 2016
Cabernet & merlot blend - With berry and applefresh verve, this is a go-to rosé to keep chilled and at the ready. Offers easy pairing possibilities with all sorts of dishes and wraps with a dry, crisp finish.

Klein Constantia KC Rosé 2017
Cabernet franc blend - Elegant and refreshingly crisp, aromas of cherry and citrus precede a creamier texture that builds on those flavours.

Duncan Savage Untamed Shiraz 2017
Ripe and floral with impressive balance and ripe dark fruit, plums, vanilla and spice. Crafted in a juicy, crowd-pleasing style that finishes long and creamy. Quite simply, this is a tasty little wine. A great choice for lamb kebabs or burgers

Reyneke Organic Red 2017
The newly released 2017 Organic Red is a blend of 89% shiraz and 11% cabernet sauvignon sourced from the best organic vineyards across the Western Cape, a quarter of it coming directly from the estate. It's well-balanced and quite elegant, with notions of fresh flowers, juicy berry fruit and peppery spice.

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


Wednesday, May 22nd
Start: 6:30 pm


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


$70 Members & $80 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 Tuesday - May 14th, 2019. 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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