Upcoming Events 2015
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Tuesday, July 14
Cool Climate Wines Tasting
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Thursday, September 3
Dinner With Lammershoek Pinotage @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Tuesday, October 19
De Torren Vertical Tasting @ Boland’s Kitchen
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Friday, December 4
Christmas Dinner
Past Events 2014
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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, July 14th

Cool climate pinot noirs and chardonnays of the Hemel-en-Aarde Area
Anthony Hamilton Russell, proprietor of Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Start @ 6:30 pm

Hamilton Russell Vineyards is located in the beautiful, cool, maritime HemelenAarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The estate specializes in producing highly individual, terroir driven pinot noir and chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the best in the New World.

Founder, Tim Hamilton Russell purchased the undeveloped 170 hectare property in 1975, after an exhaustive search for the most southerly site on which to make South Africa’s top cool climate wines from a selection of noble varieties. His son Anthony Hamilton Russell , who took over in 1991, purchasing the property in 1994, narrowed the range to pinot noir and chardonnay and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir. Anthony, with winemaker Hannes Storm until 2014, now Emul Ross, and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are completely dedicated to expressing the terroir in their wines.

At our event, Anthony will lead us through a tasting of 14 wines from 7 HemelenAarde area wineries – all pinot noir and chardonnay. You just know that this will be an exciting tasting!

Naturally, we will have a light food offering to go with the wines.

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Domaine Des Dieux
- Chardonnay 2011
- Josephine Pinot Noir 2011

- Chardonnay 2013
- Pinot Noir 2013

La Vierge
- Jezebelle Chardonnay 2014
- Noir 2012 (Pinot Noir)

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Newton Johnson
- Family Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
- Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

- Chardonnay 2012
- Pinot Noir 2012

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Bouchard Finlayson
- Missionvale Chardonnay 2013
- Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2013

Hamilton Russell
- Chardonnay 2013
- Pinot Noir 2013

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


 6:30 pm, Tuesday, July 14th


The Faculty Club, University of Toronto (41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7)
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina.


$75 Members
$85 Guests

This event has a capacity limit.

Your cancellation must be received by Wednesday, July 8th. Your booking or cancellation will be acknowledged.

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

Event Photo Wine Glass

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.

Event Photo of Man Holding Wine Glass

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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