Upcoming Events 2016
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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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Sunday, June 26th
Braai @ 8 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 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, September 13th

Shiraz Dinner
Start: 6:30pm

Shiraz/syrah is quickly becoming the “red grape of South Africa” in terms of quality. It is made in a variety of styles. As well, it is a major component in a wide range of blends. Found in most regions of South African wine country, this further influences the variations available. This event provides a fascinating cross section of shiraz/syrah and blends from a variety of different wine regions and vintages.

To complement this varied selection, Chris Boland has put together an adventurous menu. Come and explore and taste … what should be a wonderful evening of discovery. Hopefully you come away with many new favourites.



Waterkloof Circle of Life 2012


Cast iron seared sweetbreads with 3 spice Panko dust, grilled peaches & plum/blackberry reduction

Lammershoek Syrah Cellar Foot Under Water 2011

Bon Courage Shiraz 2009


Lamb rack chop with dark cherry/mint glaze. Edamame, roasted veg & currant salad

Grilled (U10) sea scallop with anchovy, caper, black olives & roasted red pepper

Fairview Cyril Black Shiraz 2000

The Winery of Good Hope Black Rock 2006 (Shiraz Blend)


Slow cooked veal kidneys - mushrooms, mustard, tarragon & cream

Grilled Alberta beef sirloin steak (thick cut) - garlic, onion, parsley

Diced hot chili pepper & olive oil

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2010 (shiraz blend)

Jardin The Prospector Syrah 2008

Lammershoek Syrah 2006


Triple-cream Burgundian and Quebec Blue

Graham Beck Brut N.V.

Fine wines, a great menu, great people – what’s not to like?

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


 Tuesday, September 13, from 6:30 pm


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


$90 Members (only)

This event has a capacity limit. There is a limit of 32 people. Once reached, members will be advised that no further registrations will be taken.

Closing date: Your booking or cancellation must be received by Wednesday, September 9th. 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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