Explore South Africa's Rhône varieties

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Join Jason Millar DipWSET to meet South Africa's Rhône-influenced winemakers and taste some the world's most exciting new styles of Syrah, Grenache and beyond.

Event details

In the last two decades, the demands of a changing climate and an insatiable curiosity among a new generation of producers has led winemakers across South Africa to move away from Bordeaux grapes and experiment with premium bottlings of Rhône varieties, with international success.

From Grenache to Cinsault, Syrah to Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc to Viognier, Rhône varieties are some of the most exciting in the Cape, and the wines continue to improve as the winemakers taste, travel and adapt their viticulture and winemaking to the rigours of each harvest.

Enjoy a selection of some of the very best wines available in South Africa from the country’s leading producers along with a selection of cheeses from Mons.

Example wine list

  • Momento - Grenache Blanc 2020
  • Lismore Estate - Reserve Viognier 2021
  • Thorne & Daughters - Wanderer’s Heart 2020
  • Sadie Family Wines - Pofadder 2021
  • A.A. Badenhorst - Raaigras Grenache 2020
  • Waterkloof 'Circumstance' Mourvedre 2020
  • Lukas Van Loggerenberg - Graft Syrah 2022
  • Porseleinberg - Syrah 2021

Tasting level

Intermediate: An in-depth exploration of a particular topic. Some prior knowledge is beneficial – such as a WSET Level 2 qualification – but these sessions will be enjoyable and educational for anyone with an interest in the subject.

About the presenter, Jason Millar DipWSET

Jason Millar DipWSET

Jason Millar is a wine writer, consultant, tasting presenter and wine judge specialising in the wines of Italy and South Africa.

After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature, Jason worked in publishing for several years before a fateful bottle of Mascarello Monprivato 2003 drew him into the wine trade.

A former company director for independent merchant Theatre of Wine, in 2016 Jason took home three scholarships for the WSET Diploma: the Graham's Port Scholarship, The Vintners' Cup and The Vintners' Scholarship for the top mark globally.

Jason writes and judges for Decanter and other publications, and has a regular column at Drinks Retailing and Harpers Wine & Spirit. You can also find his writing and wine reviews at jasondrinks.com. He is a regular judge at IWSC and Decanter World Wine Awards.

Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible.
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841 or email studentservicesteam@wsetglobal.com