Soweto Wines

“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.

Thandi Farm in Stellenbosch where Soweo Wines are sourced

Thandi Farm in Stellenbosch

“These wines are exclusively produced for by Thandi Wines of Stellenbosch who endeavours to source grapes and wines from Fairtrade certified farms.

A portion of the profits of the SowetoWines will go towards numeracy and literacy projects in Soweto.”



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.

Our wines

“Soweto Wines”™ was launched in Spring 2013 and will initially be bringing the following wines to the market:

  • Vilakazi Street Merlot
  • Orlando Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kliptown Cabernet Sauvignon

Vilakazi Street Merlot

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.

Vilakazi Street

Vilakazi Street in Soweto


A full bodied wine with a deep red colour and intense fruit, complemented with classic oak finish. Reminding of red berries, plum and cocoa with hints of eucalyptus and subtle spice. Soft tannins and sweetish mouth feel with a long finish. Continue reading