Discover South African Wine Festival

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Tersina Shieh   March 2016
South African Wine, a journey of discovery
It’s April again and time for the annual ‘Discover South African Wine’ Month. After the relative quiet first quarter, aren’t we all looking forward to some fun and excitement in the wine scene? Come join us at the South African Wine Festival on 11th April, go around town to discover the many South African wine in the market, and don’t forget to share your photo to win a wine cabinet.
With over 350 years of winemaking experience, South Africa can rightfully claim the Old ‘New World’ title. Winemakers, while respecting the traditional winemaking methods, are also not afraid of exploring new techniques to make wine that is expressive of terroir. Nevertheless, the country has more sunshine than most Old World wine regions so the fruit will always be riper but the wine always tend to be earthier and drier, more akin to the Old World style rather than the overtly ripe fruit character of the New World. 
South African wine is currently the ‘hot’ category in international wine scene with acclaimed critics and journalists such as Tim Atkin and Neil Martin describing South African wine being exciting and dynamic. The market share of South African wine in Hong Kong is still relatively small but we are seeing more importers bringing them in. The new arrivals are Perdeberg and Saxenburg, which will be shown at the South African Wine Festival. 
Let’s explore the diversity of South African wine in April together!

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South African Wine Festival

A celebration of South African wine and food. Taste over 120 wines with matching tapas. Education and Sommelier corners to make the evening memorable and fun! 

Date: 11th April 2016 (Monday)

Venue: Silverbox Ballroom, Hotel ICON, TST East

Trade workshop: 12:00-2:00pm, South Africa, the Old New World (by invitation only)

Trade session: 2:00-5:00pm (by invitation only)

WOSA Sommelier Cup Introduction: 3:00pm

Consumer session: 6:00-10:00pm


HK$240/person for wine pass, or 

HK$380/person for wine and food pass. 

Tickets include a WOSA Friendship bracelet, a Lucaris wine glass, $200 discount voucher for wine purchase and $200 Hotel ICON dining vouchers. 

Reservations and enquiries: Ms Alexis Lam / Ms Jessica Leung, Hotel ICON (Tel: 3400 1345, email:

Online ticket sales:

Early bird tickets: until 31st March (wine pass: $213/person; wine and food pass:$340/person)


Share your South African Wine Moment and Win!

TAG a photo of your South African wine moment with #drinkSA on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win great prizes, including a Vintec 18 bottles wine cabinet.


Scan the QR code for more information:

Taste South African wine in town
WOSA market promotion

In addition to the South African Wine Festival, over 60, restaurants, retailers and online wine clubs have joined the Discover South African Wine Month. Enjoy special offers from these outlets and don’t forget to enter the ‘Share your South African Wine Moment’ competition. Bookmark our website for the latest participant list.

Aberdeen Street Social, Central: Wine by the glass, Eben Sadie winemaker of the month
Artesian, The Langham,Tsmishatsui: South African Wine by the glass
Carnegies, Wanchai: Bellingham Pear Tree White and Big Oak Red Wine of the month promotion
Casa Fina Seafood & Oyster Bar, Causeway Bay: Warwick Wine of the month promotion
Casa Pennington, Causeway Bay: Warwick Wine of the month promotion
Chez Moi, Causeway Bay: Wine by the glass
Classified, 8 outlets: Bellingham Rosé promotion
Crafty Cow, Sheung Wan: Warwick Wine of the month promotion
Flying Pig Bistro, Sai Ying Pun: Warwick Wine by the glass
Green, Hotel ICON, Tsimshatsui East: South African wine happy hour with tapas, weekend semi-buffet brunch with free flow of South African wine
Kazuo Okada, Hunghom: South African Wine by the glass, Wine flights, 20% bottle-discount
Palm Court, The Langham, Tsimshatsui: South African Wine by the glass
Picnic on Forbes, Kennedy Town: Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc Wine by the glass
Pizzeria Jacomax, Quarry Bay (Tel: 2167 8585), Sheung Wan (Tel: 2851 4688): Warwick Wine of the month promotion
Riva Deck, The Park Lane Hong Kong, Causeway Bay: Buy one get one free on Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend, Kanonkop Pinotage Rosé and Villiera Chenin Blanc
Sean Sin, Causeway Bay: 30% discount off on selected South African wine
Son Tung Kee Restaurant (Tel: 2301 2222), Tsimshatsui: Special price on South African wine

Su Casa Chilean Oyster Bar, Causeway Bay: Warwick Wine of the month promotion
The Market, Hotel ICON, Tsimshatsui East: South African Wine by the glass
Yu Lei, Hunghom: South African Wine Pairing with Michelin menu, South African Wine by the glass, Wine flights, 20% bottle-discount
Zuma, Central: Sommelier's Selection South African Wine by the glass
Boutique Wines, Horizon Plaza: Buy 12 bottles of Simonsig wines and get one bottle free
Brix, Tsimashatsui, Sheung Wan, Tai Hang: Special offer on selected South African wine
Saiwanese, Sai Ying Pun: Special offer on selected on South African wine
Schmidt VinothekHappy Valley, Quarry Bay, Sai Kung: 15% off on all South African wine; South African wine tasting event
Sip N Savour (Tel: 2530 9906), Central: Extra 10% discount on both Oak Lane and Beau Joubert wines
SOGO, Causeway Bay: Bellingham wine promotion with gift packs
Vino 1855: Sai Wan Ho: Special offer on selected South African wine
Watson's Wine, all outlets: Extra 10% off on South African wine from 22nd March to 18th April; Neil Grant tasting on 18th April.
Wine Point (Tel: 2328 7768), Sheung Wan: Special offer on selected South African wine
Online wine clubs:
Dream Wines: 15% off on all South African wines
Langton's: 10% off on all South African wines. Get a free bottle of Goat de Roam red for any purchase over $1000 
wine'n'things: Special offer on all South African wines    
Sevens dinner

Are  you a rugby fan? Now it’s your chance to meet the Blitzbokke up close. Join the 21st annual Sevens Dinner organised by the Southern African Association of Hong Kong, and enjoy a few glasses of South African wine with them.

Date: 6th April 2016 (Wednesday)

Venue: Hong Kong Football Club

Price: $960/person


South African wine dinner of the Year

Four Iconic South African wineries in one night with representatives from the wineries, including the 8th generation owner from Meerlust Estate.

Date: 12th April 2016 (Tuesday)

Venue: The Park Lane, Causeway Bay

Price: $980/person


Booking: here

WOSA Sommelier Cup opens for registration, get tips from Neil Grant

This triennial international competition, open to all sommeliers and wine service staff, will be held again this year. The competition is consisted of three stages:

First round: online examination, May 2016

Asia Semi-final: Blind tasting and on-stage role play in Hong Kong, July 2016

Final: To be held in South Africa in September (17th-24th September) 2016

Asian candidates can scan the QR code to register.

Neil Grant, chairman of South African Sommelier Association, will host a workshop sharing the tips of the competition. Please let me know if you’d like to join. 

Date: 11th April 2016 (Monday)

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Education corner, South African Wine Festival, Silverbox Ballroom, Hotel ICON 

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