Upcoming Events 2017
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Tuesday, October 24th
Pinotage with Peter May @ Faculty Club
Past Events 2014-2017
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Tuesday, September 12th
Meerlust Rubicon Vertical Tasting @ Faculty Club
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Wednesday, May 17th
Bargain Wines @ Faculty Club
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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 @ 9 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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Tuesday, October 24th

Pinotage with Peter May
Faculty Club (U of T)
Time: 6:30pm

Peter F May is the founder of The Pinotage Club, an international cyber-based 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 across South Africa to allow you to get a better understanding of this unique grape. To widen our horizon, our reception wine is from Oregon and provides a different perspective on how pinotage grows in other regions.

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

Join us and experience our pinotage vintages.



-Melrose Pinotage 2009 Oregon, USA
A ruby/garnet wine with glistening transparency and aromas of blackberry fruit, leather, grenadine, thyme and plums. The palate opens to flavors of vanilla, spice, anise currants and navel orange, integrated with soft mouth-watering tannins.


-Lammershoek Pinotage 2006 Swartland
Elegant, not too fruity, with a savoury note.

-Grangehurst Pinotage 2006 Stellenbosch
Forest floor, juniper & venison notes on mature but lively & fresh base. Drinking well with black fruit detail, fine tannin grip & attractive focus.

-Black Elephant The Back Road Pinotage 2012 Franschhoek
Pitch black with a dark purple rim. The nose is very expressive and shows notes of red and black currant, chocolate and exotic spices. The palate is youthful with great fruit concentration, driving acidity and fine but firm tannins.

-2SSV Thomas se Dolland Pinotage 2013 Stellenbosch
Intense aromas of ripe plums and mulberries follow through onto a concentrated, rich, highly extracted palate ending in a pleasant, lengthy finish.

-Saxenburg Private Collection Pinotage 2014 Stellenbosch
A generous mixture of red cherry, plum and prune fruit, with some earthy notes. Soft tannin structure, and a rich after taste.

-Southern Right Pinotage 2015 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
One of the most honest, authentic pinotages of South Africa, showing fruit and florality with fresh blueberry/chokecherry, peony, wood smoke, spice and a touch of tar. It is medium weight, fairly firm and dense with pleasant tartness, fine tannin and some minerality on the finish.

-Warwick Three Cape Ladies Cape Blend 2011 Stellenbosch
40% pinotage, 30% each cab sauv & shiraz Each component of this Cape blend offers its own qualities. It shows an explosion of fruit on the nose, which is largely attributable to the cabernet sauvignon and pinotage components. The shiraz is soft and sweet. The cabernet sauvignon is the backbone of the blend. Spicy stewed fruit and spicy ripe tannins with an innate softness and long lingering aftertaste. This blend brings the best of pinotage to the classic French varieties and will age well.

-Flagstone Dragon Tree Cape Blend 2013 Somerset West
Somerset West - $16.75 32% cab sauv, 27% shiraz, 25% pinotage, 8% merlot, 4% cab franc, 4% touriga nacional+tinta barocca+ barbera Warm and rich ruby red wine shows great complexity on the nose. There is a mixture of rich dark fruit, cigar box and minty aroma’s with the wood well-balanced. Sweet and spicy undertones give great depth. Pallet shows fresh and crisp acidity. The middle pallet shows an explosion of fruit, leaving a lingering aftertaste

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


 Tuesday, October 24th. Time 6:30 pm


University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto M5S 1C7 416 978-6325
The Spadina streetcar stops at the corner of Willcocks and Spadina.


$65 Members

$75 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, October 17th. 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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