The Science Of ...

How to choose the best South African wines

(Click here for more "The Science Of" articles such as this one.)

The Wade Bales Wine Society in Constantia, Cape Town, offers wine lovers a personalised, one-on-one service for sourcing the best wines.

They annually test more than 1000 wines then narrow them down to a premium selection from which you can choose a wine that fits your budget and the occasion.

It’s a little like having a wine expert with longstanding relationships with the Cape’s top winemakers at your beck and call.

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Wade Bales from the Wade Bales Wine Society about the science of the ultimate South African wine collection.

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for more detail and tips from listeners.

There are more than 700 producers in South Africa. It’s overwhelming for the consumer, so there is a role for us. We can also store your wine for you.

Wade Bales, Wade Bales Wine Society

South African wines have never been better. Our wines are highly undervalued. In blind tests our wines excel yet they’re much cheaper than wines from established markets.

Wade Bales, Wade Bales Wine Society

An investment grade wine must be instantly recognisable and highly rated. It must also age well.

Wade Bales, Wade Bales Wine Society

A collection of wines from the Cape Winemakers’ Guild can be a good investment. However, it’s available on auction so you might be paying a premium.

Wade Bales, Wade Bales Wine Society

Our app empowers consumers to make an informed decision. Just take a picture with your phone of the label and it’ll give you all the inside information, industry ratings and peer reviews.

Wade Bales, Wade Bales Wine Society

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


This article first appeared on 702 : How to choose the best South African wines


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Cape Town restaurant named 28th best on Earth (and best in all of Africa)

Cape Town restaurant named 28th best on Earth (and best in all of Africa)

The ranking is decided by 972 independent experts made up of food writers, chefs and restaurant owners from around the world.

Why online gambling (it’s illegal, did you know?) is harming South Africa

Why online gambling (it’s illegal, did you know?) is harming South Africa

Online gambling is booming but not harmless, says Casino Association South Africa CEO Themba Ngobese.

How to make money from tourism

How to make money from tourism

We interview the author of "The Tourism Coach", a book aimed at entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs in the tourist sector.

What makes SA’s largest independent insurer and one of our best employers tick?

What makes SA’s largest independent insurer and one of our best employers tick?

Well-known for developing prepaid insurance sold in “starter packs”; we interview Hollard’s CEO…

The science of FICA (and why you need to FICA this and FICA that)

The science of FICA (and why you need to FICA this and FICA that)

The Financial Intelligence Centre Act is meant to combat a number of financial crimes. Got your ID and proof of address handy?

Direct marketing works! (and employs 150 000 in South Africa)

Direct marketing works! (and employs 150 000 in South Africa)

Warren Moss, Chairman of the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa, discusses the ins and outs of direct marketing.

Watch The Hulk smash Joburg to smithereens (and learn why Marvel made him do it)

Watch The Hulk smash Joburg to smithereens (and learn why Marvel made him do it)

Watch The Hulk go wild in Johannesburg and learn why Hollywood is crazy about shooting movies in South Africa.

South African wine trumps 825 others to be crowned Best Chardonnay on Earth

South African wine trumps 825 others to be crowned Best Chardonnay on Earth

It’s official. The best chardonnay in the world comes from 350-year-old Cape Town winery Groot Constantia.

Clifton in Cape Town is the 2nd best beach in the world – National Geographic

Clifton in Cape Town is the 2nd best beach in the world – National Geographic

The magazine describes Cape Town as a city flanked by stunning beaches and calls it “The African Capital of Cool”.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Thomas says that Listeriosis is problematic because it isn’t notifiable.

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

This year we're going to hit a million downloads of free textbooks in SA - James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon.

‘Conflicted’ Zuma will never again have say in appointing NPA boss, court hears

‘Conflicted’ Zuma will never again have say in appointing NPA boss, court hears

Shaun Abrahams is no longer the National Director of Public Prosecutions and President Zuma can't appoint his replacement.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Your money, and Steinhoff… Bruce Whitfield interviews Certified Financial Planner Peter Calitz.

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sygnia Group CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the government plays a crucial role in the provision of affordable housing in the province.