The Soweto Wines Story
“Soweto wines” is a blending of the excitement and energy of Soweto and its rich history of struggle and development with the beauty, heritage and wine growing culture of Stellenbosch in the Cape.
“Soweto wines” is a partnership between wine makers, Thandi Wines, from Stellenbosch in the Western Cape and www.soweto.co.za in Gauteng.
Soweto started out as a temporary transit camp for mine workers and their families who were relocated from Newtown in the centre of Johannesburg in 1904. From these humble beginnings in over a century it has grown into a modern metropolis housing maybe over 5 million people.
Along the way it developed into a centre of African political development, renowned for the leaders who lived here like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Robert Sobukwe and Desmond Tutu and the student uprising of 1976.
“Soweto Wines”™ is launching in Spring 2013 and will initially be bringing the following wines to the market:
Vilakazi Street Merlot
Elegant rich characters, combination of warm spicy aromas with ripe black summer fruit. Full bodied wine, well balanced with excellent wood integration complimenting the primary Shiraz profile and satisfying finish.
Vilakazi Street-renowned for being the only street in the world to have housed 2 Nobel Prize winners, now it is the Bourbon street of Soweto-a vibrant precinct with restaurants and a party atmosphere.
Orlando Sauvignon Blanc
Expressive varietal aromas of ripe gooseberry with underlying notes of grass and green pepper. Beautiful palate with the same characteristics initially picked up on the nose, well balanced with refreshing natural acidity and an excellent finish.
Orlando: Orlando was the first formal housing development in Soweto started in 1932. It rapidly grew over the following decades and spawned many of South Africas’ political and business leaders.
Kliptown Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby with a garnet edge with flavours of red berries and fine oak. This wine is well balanced with ripe fruit and long finish.
Kliptown: Actually predates Soweto but is now incorporated into the fabric of Soweto. In 1955 it was the meeting place of leaders from around the country who drafted and adopted the Freedom Charter. Now it is a cosmopolitan area with modern apartments as well as informal settlements and a busy shopping centre. Home to the inspirational Kliptown Youth Program.
Later a sparkling wine and other blends will be introduced.
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