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Tuesday, April 22
Lammershoek Chenin Blanc Vertical Tasting @ The Faculty Club, University of Toronto
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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, April 22

Unique Lammershoek Chenin Blanc Vertical Tasting of Library Wines @ University Of Toronto

Reception: (6:30)pm

Unique Lammershoek Chenin Blanc Vertical Tasting of Library Wines

Lammershoek Farms & Winery is situated in the Paardeberg (Horse Mountain) in the Swartland (Black Land), about an hour northwest of Cape Town.

The Swartland region is famous for its old, bushvine chenin blanc and the vineyards at Lammershoek are no exception. There are 21 different chenin sites that vary in age from 31-47 years. Chenin blanc forms the backbone of all but one of the white wines produced at Lammershoek.

Craig Hawkins joined as winemaker and viticulturalist at Lammershoek towards the end of 2009 when the decision was made to convert fully to organic farming. The winemaking style of Lammershoek wines changed at this point. The Swartland used to be known for making rich, full-bodied, high alcohol white wines but the new guard, led by Craig, are focussing on minimal intervention in the cellar and restraint and elegance in their wine. This chenin blanc tasting will be a fascinating mix of the old and new styles: 2004 – 2008 showcase the older Swartland style, 2009 is a mix between old and new, and 2010 – 2012 will show the first three vintages that were made by Craig at Lammershoek in the new minimalist style.

The tasting will be hosted by Carla Kretzel, Craig’s partner and daughter of Paul and Anna Kretzel who have part-owned and managed Lammershoek since 1995. Carla is a qualified winemaker and in charge of the sales and marketing at Lammershoek Farms & Winery.

A tasting plate will accompany the wines.

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


 (6:30)pm Arrival, Tuesday, April 22.


 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 at the rear of Connaught Labs to the west, or in the underground parking garage of The Bahen Building, entrance located on Huron St., just north of College St.

$55 Members
$65 Guests

This event has a capacity limit. Non-members who join the club at the event will receive a credit of $10.

Your cancellation must be received by Wednesday, April 16. 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
* 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:

If you want information on becoming a member visit our Membership page or you can email
our membership coordinator at

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