A Whole Bunch of Stuff You Don’t Know About South African Wine (VIDEO)
Learn About South African Wine in Under 7 Minutes
Did you know that wines from South Africa are old world and new world wines all wrapped up in one? Or that, there’s more Chenin blanc planted in South Africa than the rest of the world combined? Or how about that Pinotage is the love child of Pinot Noir and Cinsault?
Did you know that in South Africa you can share a sip with a giraffe or a zebra? OK, that’s a lie but you CAN do some serious whale watching along with your wine tasting.
There’s a whole bunch more stuff you don’t know about South African wine so you’ll have to watch the video to find out.
In this video, via Skype Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani chats with Siobhan Thompson, the CEO of Wines of South Africa and Marketing Manager, Jim Clarke.
This video is not sponsored by or paid for by the Wines of South Africa. They did however, send me three bottles of wine to taste to prep for interview: Graham Beck Brut Rose, Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc, Warwick Three Cape Ladies Cake Blend.
Did You Know?
Rethink the Pink: Americans are drinking more South African rose and sparkling wines. Exports have increased by 50% each.
Value Vino: In the last 4 years, the exchange rate for South Africa has significantly decreased, with the current rate at .063 to every American dollar. This drastic difference allows South Africa to keep the cost of wines low when sold in the US market. With the increasing quality of this nation’s wines through the revamping of vineyards and wineries, South African wines are a great value today and incredibly accessible for consumers.
In with the IN Crowd: With such a great exchange rate, it is hard to beat joining in on the South Africa wine scene. With a new generation of excited and talented winemakers, and current market growth in the U.S., is a great opportunity for those looking to purchase and/or invest in wine. Quite a few entrepreneurs have recently invested in the South African wine industry, such as Analjit Singh with Leeu Estates and Charles Banks with Mulderbosch and Fable Mountain Vineyards.
About Wines of South Africa
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is the organization representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 exporters in its membership, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It is constituted as a not-for-profit company and is totally independent of any producer, wholesaling company or government department but is recognized by the South African Export Council. WOSA’s mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key international markets including the United States.
Photo Credit: Wines of South Africa