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
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
Types of red wine
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
Point during your trip to the Cape of Good
If you have half a day to one day, you could go
If you have more than one day, you could enjoy
wine routes further out such as in Swartland,