Upcoming Events 2017
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Wednesday, May 17th
Bargain Wines @ Faculty Club
Past Events 2014-2017
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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
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Friday, December 2nd
Yuletide Celebration @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, November 9th
What goes? @ Kwan
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Monday, October 17th
Faculty Club
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Tuesday, September 13th
Shiraz/Syrah Foor + Tasting @ Boland's
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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 16
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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Wednesday, May 17th

Bargain Wines For Summer Sipping
Faculty Club
Start: 6:30pm

It's time to gather for a private tasting of wines represented by SAWS’ good friend, Fred Lamprecht.

You will see and taste the products up close. For our reception you will be tasting a South African beer, which Fred also has available for purchase. Talk to fellow members about their opinions. If you like what you taste, an order form will be at hand. Now is your chance to acquire some carefully selected summer sippers not available in LCBO stores.

Of course, the irrepressible Fred Lamprecht will be there to talk about the wines and the wineries. To complete the evening a tasting plate will be served.

Join us for what promises to be an enjoyable evening.



500 ml $5.95
5% unfined & unfiltered craft beer. A honey gold beer topped with creamy foam, unfiltered and slightly hazy. Malty as opposed to hoppy with perfect balance between fruitiness and bitterness. Medium bodied with a fresh finish.


750 ml $14.80
Inviting gooseberry and citrus nose precedes intense tropical fruit palate of this classy unoaked sauvignon blanc. Very good balance and length; a superb match with asparagus, seafood, salmon and especially goat cheese.
John Platter’s Wine Guide 3 ½ Stars, Good Value
Novare Trophy Top 10-year Achievement Award Robertson
Novare Trophy Top SA Terroir Wine Estate


750 ml $16.50
Opaque purple colour opens your sensory experience of this seductive wine. Nose and palate show tantalizing notes of blueberry, white pepper and French oak (12-15 months), all combining in a powerful and intense wine of quality with a melted chocolate texture and a long finish. Great with grilled red meats, Mediterranean dishes and strong cheeses. Will totally wipe out any Shiraz in this price category!! You can bet on it!!!


750 ml $14.80
Pale green colour, intense litchi and rose petal nose with hints of fruity muscat, although 100% gewurztraminer. Very Alsatian in style. Attractive and dry, and ideal as an aperitif or with Asian cuisine.


750 ml $14.95
Made from vine-dried bush vine pinotage grapes in an “Amarone” style. Dense bright and deep colour with notes of roasted coffee on nose. Damson plum jam and sweet raspberry liqueur flavours on palate with vanilla richness and touches of crème brulee. Full palate of mouth coating richness. Bittersweet chocolate finish with an Amarone fullness 14.8% alc. 12 months in 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels with heavy toast inner staves. Fantastic wine and superb value.
Gold-Mundus Vini, Berliner Wein Trophy
Gold-Michelangelo Int’l Competition
Silver-Veritas Awards


750 ml $14.99
Smaak translates as "delicious" or "flavourful" and this wine certainly is that. A masterpiece: deep dark opaque colour precedes a spicy and dark fruit nose. This wine is redolent with mace, nutmeg, full rich palate of deep ripe berry fruit, dark chocolate and wild spices with a long rounded grape and wood tannin finish. 37% cab sauv, 28% pinotage, 9% mourvedre, 9% grenache, 9% tannat, 8% shiraz from unirrigated bush vines planted in cooler South Atlantic breeze- cooled vineyards. Made in traditional concrete and stainless steel vats, hand harvested and aged for 12 months in 3rd to 6th fill barriques, unfined, 15% alc. A big wine recommended to double or triple decant, and will reward aging for up to 10 years.
Bronze-Veritas Awards
Silver-Mundus Vini


750 ml $12.95
100% shiraz from unirrigated bush vines on a beautiful terroir which gets the warm sunny days and cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean. Deep soils from decomposed granite, clay rich, good drainage. Aged in French oak for 4 months. This wine has a deep almost opaque garnet colour with a bouquet of spice, dark plums and bramble berries. These flavours follow on the palate and combined with a fine tannin profile and integrated oaking, give the wine a great length. It can be enjoyed on its own but will be a great match with most barbequed meats.
Bronze-Veritas Awards


750 ml $12.85
100% bush vine sauvignon blanc, left on lees for 2 months to add complexity. Initially a subdued bouquet opens up to aromas of tropical fruit such as watermelon skin, passion fruit and pineapple. These flavours follow on the palate and are supported by a vibrant acidity that keeps the palate fresh. This wine will pair well with most seafood but will go particularly well with fresh mussels or oysters.
Gold-Vitis Vinifera Awards


750 ml $12.85
100% bush vine chardonnay, left on lees for 3 months for fuller mouth feel and complexity. White pears and pineapple are the flavours you'll find on this lightly wooded Chardonnay. A clean, complex mouth feel and the aroma of pear on the palate with a well-balanced aftertaste, makes this the perfect wine with food.

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


 Wednesday, May 17. 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


$55 Members

$65 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 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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