Upcoming Events 2016
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Tuesday, May 24th
The High Road Winery @ Boland's Kitchen
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Sunday, June 26th
Braai @ 8 Paul Street
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Tuesday, September 13th
Shiraz/Syrah Foor + Tasting @ Boland's
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Monday, October 17th
Faculty Club (evening in planning stage)
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Tuesday, November 8th
Dinner @ Pisco (if renovations complete)
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Friday, December 2nd
Xmas Event @ TBA
Past Events 2014-2016
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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 14
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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Tuesday, May 24th

High Road Dinner
Boland's Kitchen
Start: 6:30 pm

Mark Carmichael-Green is now in his 12th vintage at The High Road Winery. Originally, a nature conservation student at Stellenbosch, he migrated to Elsenburg. "I did horses for a few days, but the wine guys seemed to be having much more fun, so winemaking was for me." Mark graciously uses his experienced approach to making fine quality wines. To coin the apt phrase from his vocabulary, which says it all, "Don't plant vines for grapes, but for the brilliance that can be achieved with wine."

Christopher Boland has many years of experience in the art of combining wine and food in many creative forms and has prepared a menu combined with excellent South African wines, taking your senses on a fascinating adventure of flavours and combinations

Join us to meet Mark Carmichael-Green and see how the High Road wines match up with the food courses.



Grilled shrimp and fresh Ontario asparagus
Cape Dreams Sauvignon Blanc 2015

First Course:

Warm smoked duck salad with fresh orange and black berry vinaigrette
The High Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Second Course:

Roasted venison tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto with juniper plum sauce
The High Road Classique 2012 & The High Road Director’s Reserve 2012


Assorted cheese plate
Delheim Edelspatz

Fine wines, a great menu, great people – what’s not to like?
Due to seating capacity, there is a limit of 32. Strictly first come, first served. Members only.

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


 Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30 pm


Boland’s Open Kitchen, 575 Mt Pleasant Rd., Toronto M4S 2M5 (between Davisville & Eglinton)


$90 Members Only

Members only. 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 Wednesday, May 18. 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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