Future Events
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Tuesday, August 26
Pinotage Of The World Tasting @ TLTC
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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

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Tuesday, August 26

Pinotage From Around The World @ UofT Faculty Club

Starting @ 6:30 pm (no reception)

Pinotage From Around The World With Peter May

Peter F May is the founder of The Pinotage Club, an international cyberbased fan club for wines made from the pinotage varietal. Peter was awarded Honorary Membership of the producers Pinotage Association in 2004 and has been a judge at the annual Pinotage Top 10 Competition. Peter is a wine writer, educator and author. He wrote PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa's Own Wine and Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape - odd wines from around the world. Both may be ordered from amazon.ca. Peter comes to us from his home in the UK.

We have gathered pinotage wines from as far afield as Australia, Israel and New Zealand, the US and Canada – and South Africa too. Twelve wines will be served for the tasting gathered over a period of six years.

This tasting has never been done before and may never be done again due to the difficulty of acquiring the wines.

Not only do you have the opportunity to taste and compare but also to hear from Peter May, a renowned industry expert based in the UK. As usual, a tasting plate will be served.

This is an event “not to be missed” and most certainly “not to be repeated”.

The Wines

Swartland Bush Vine 2010 – South Africa / Swartland

Black Elephant The Back Road 2012 – South Africa / Wellington (old vine, single vineyard)

J Vineyards Estate RRV 2010 – USA / California (vines predate 1986)

Fort Ross 2007 – USA / California (root stock imported in 1995)

Melrose Vineyards 2009 – USA / Oregon

Lovingston 2011 – USA / Virginia (vineyard planted in 2008)

Lake Breeze Seven Poplars 2010 – Canada / B.C. (14 years)

Stoneboat 2010 – Canada / B.C. (12 years)

Barkan Reserve 2010 – Israel / Judean Hills (8 year vines / started planting in 1995)

Muddy Water 2011 – New Zealand / Waipara (non grafted vines, 18 years)

Soljans 2010 – New Zealand / Gisborne

Topper’s Mountain 2010 wild ferment – Australia / New England NSW (non grafted vines, 7 years)

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


 Promptly @ 6:30 Tuesday August 26. No reception.


University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina. Paid parking is available on the streets or in the underground parking garage of The Bahen Building, entrance located on Huron St., just north of College St.

$72.50 Members
$87.50 Guests
Nonmembers who join the club at the event will receive a credit of $15.

This event has a capacity limit.

Your cancellation must be received by Friday, August 22. 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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