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Celebrate Madiba this Heritage Day with House of Mandela Wines

by , 29 August 2013

With National Heritage Day just around the corner, there's no better way to celebrate being South African than opening a bottle of wine from one of our world famous vineyards? And now you can do just that, while still celebrating one of the most iconic figures ever to don a South African passport: Nelson Mandela. It's all thanks to House of Mandela Wines…

September 24 is Heritage Day!

A day South Africans break out the boerewors, embrace the warmer weather and celebrate the cultural wealth of our nation.

And what better way to honour on a day that celebrates all that makes us South African, than by drinking a toast to our former iconic leader, Nelson Mandela.

Celebrate Madiba magic with the latest offerings from House of Mandela Wines

Introducing House of Mandela Wines.

Launched by the Mandela family in 2010, House of Mandela wines is a joint initiative between the Mandela family and a few of the most respected wine producers in the country.

The goal?

To capture the soul and energy of South Africa in a bottle, explains heritagelinkbrands.com.

The wines were chosen from three appointed wineries: Thelema, Hartenberg and Fairview.

What’s so special about these wineries?

Well, the group chose these vineyards, Dr Makiziwe Mandela (Madiba's eldest daughter) told The Financial Mail, for more than just their best-in-class wines and consistent quality. They chose them because they’re all family wineries and exemplify the values of what the Mandela family terms 'the home story'.

What does the wine collection consist of?

The label consists of three collections – each of which has been clad in the trademark designs that have made Madiba shirts so recognisable and in-demand.

There’s the:

  1. Premier Royal Reserve: It contains the House of Mandela Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
  2. Thembu Collection: The Red Collection consists of House of Mandela Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinotage. While the White Collection, contains House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.
  3. And finally, there’s the House of Mandela Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine. The label “Methode Cap Classique” basically highlights that the wine is produced in the traditional French Champagne style which, in this case, includes both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that offer you a crisp, rich and fruity zestiness you'll absolutely love.

But be warned: Getting your hands on these sought-after wines is anything but easy

Right now, only select stores around the country – including Norman Goodfellows in Johannesburg, WineFolk in Paarl, wineweb.co.za and the OR Tambo International Airport – stock the label.

But it’s definitely worth the effort.

After all, when you buy a House of Mandela wine, you’re doing more than just enjoying a good vintage… More than celebrating a South African Icon… You’re helping people too. That’s because a percentage of the proceeds of each wine also goes to charities focusing on education, HIV/Aids and food security to name a few – all issues close to Madiba's heart.

Talk about a great way to celebrate Heritage Day and the legacy that is Nelson Mandela!

For more details on where to get your hands on these wines, visit the House of Mandela website.

Celebrate Madiba this Heritage Day with House of Mandela Wines
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