Future Events
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Tuesday, October 7
Dinner @ Avli And The Aussie Club
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Monday, November 10
Merlot Tasting @ Faculty Club
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Friday, December 4
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

Wine Tasting Photo

Tuesday, October 7th

Fall Dinner with Aussies at AVLI on Danforth

Reception @ 6:30 pm
Dinner @ 7:00 pm

Fall Dinner with Aussies at AVLI on Danforth>

Can you believe this? The Australian Wine Society has joined with SAWS to bring you a Greek dinner at AVLI on Danforth near Chester. Opa!!

We are always looking for ways to tantalize the taste buds. This time, a mix of Australian and South African wines has been selected to match the unique flavors of the Greek cuisine.

AVLI Restaurant has been delighting the neighborhood with authentic Greek cuisine for decades. Chef Lambros learned his culinary skills back home in Greece. Expect a comfortable dining experience with some culinary surprises on our menu.

As they say on the Food Channel TV show, “You Gotta Eat Here”. Try it. We hope that you like it. This event WILL sell out quickly. You must book promptly in order to get a seat.


Greek appetizers served with grilled pita

Taramosalata (Fish roe mixed with either bread crumbs or mashed potato, and lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil.)

Kopanisti (whipped feta and roasted red pepper dip)

Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip with tomato)


Greek Salad


Lamb Kleftiko (slow cooked lamb that remains totally succulent and literally falls off the bone)

Horta vrasta (boiled greens)

Roast potatoes


Galaktoboureko (Creamy custard and flaky phyllo dough baked, then drenched with a lemon and orange infused syrup.)

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


 6:30 pm, Tuesday (October 7th)


AVLI, 401 Danforth at Chester M4K 1P1
Parking available. Chester subway nearby.

$85 Members
$95 Guests
Nonmembers who join the club at the event will receive a credit of $10.

This event has a capacity limit.

Your cancellation must be received by Friday, October 3rd. 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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