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Our Wines

We have over 100 labels, ranging from John Platter 5 Star wines, to easy drinking and good value wines and all your favourite spirits.

Africa's finest wines are produced in the Western Cape. South African vineyards were historically producing white wines more than red wines but for the last decade or so, a reversal has occurred with 80% of all new plantings being reds.

Varieties
South African consumers have knowledge and understanding of varietals, as opposed to a culture of origin wines as it is the case in Europe where wines are generally named by the region of origin and quite often do not show on the label which varieties have been used to make the wine.

These are the main varieties you will find in South African wines:

Types of red wine are:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

Types of white wine are:
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
South African Sauvignon Blancs are fantastic and probably to the opinion of lots of local and international experts, the next big thing for South Africa.

Blends are becoming more and more popular in South Africa. The most common blends you will find in South Africa are Bordeaux blends (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, Cabernet Franc) and Cape Blends (Cabernet, Shiraz, Pinotage)

Try some good Chenin Blancs as these are probably the other next big thing. South Africa has been the pioneer in developing this varietal to make inexpensive wines into noble varietals producing amazing wines.

Pinot Noir, almost non-existent in South Africa until the 1990’s, has been growing in popularity and is recognised for its quality from 2000 or thereabouts.

South African sweet wines are of very high quality and win lots of international prizes. The most well-known is the famous Vin de Constance, but there are numerous other great sweet wines in South Africa, in various price ranges.

Methode Champenoise from Champagne is used in South Africa and the wines made from this method are called Cap Classique. Hence they are made "as Champagnes" but not "in the Champagne region", so they cannot carry the name ‘Champagne’.

Most of them are of very good quality and they are usually very well priced compared to the French Champagnes.

The classic Cap Classique household names are J.C. Le Roux, Pongracz, Pierre Jourdan, Tradition and Graham Beck and many others, which you will hopefully discover!


Back in the Day

The original purpose of Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium, and this still stands true today, is to introduce and make good wines available and accessible to all Sowetans and Jo’burgers.

Over the years Soweto was not deemed an important market by local winemakers and marketers. Wine distribution and promotion is a far cry from what the township deserves, although this is improving every year along with the Soweto Wine Festival, which is now considered the Party of the Year and is breaking attendance records year on year introducing more and more people to the lifestyle of wine appreciation.

Gone are the days where cheap wines, “papsak” and other unsavoury products were dumped in this township, once dubbed 'Africa's New York City in the making' by some.

Our experience tells us that Sowetans have a far more acquired taste in wines than previously believed. Together with the Cape Wine Academy, who previously conducted basic training in wine to ±50 staff and owners of Soweto Lifestyle Outlets, we will ensure that there are always great quality wines in stock for Sowetans at Morara Wines and Spirits Emporium.

The spin-offs from the wine training is being realised in the form of understanding and appreciating good quality wines and the response has been overwhelming and exceeds expectations thus far.
 
Wine Routes / Wine Regions
There are several wine routes around Cape Town. They are all very nice but it all depends on how much time you are willing to spend tasting wines and discovering wine estates.

If you have just a few hours, we recommend that you go to Constantia and Cape Point during your trip to the Cape of Good Hope.

If you have half a day to one day, you could go to Stellenbosch, Paarl and/or Franschhoek.

If you have more than one day, you could enjoy wine routes further out such as in Swartland, Robertson or Hermanus.
Soweto Wine Festival
Soweto Wine Festival
 
 
 
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