Christmas in South Africa





The festive season is in full swing, and there's no better setting to revel in the sunny warmth of a South African Christmas than with Babylonstoren wines! These wines capture the authentic spirit of the estate, celebrating simplicity and a deep connection to the land. Nestled in the distinctive terroir of the Simonsberg slopes, they meticulously create wines that are both elegant and balanced, guided by a commitment to a natural winemaking approach.

Christmas in South Africa holds a special significance, bringing people together to revel in the festive spirit. While traditions may vary from those in other parts of the world, the essence of Christmas remains vibrant and joyous.

A distinctive feature of Christmas in South Africa is the delightful warmth of the weather. In contrast to many other countries, Christmas unfolds amid the summer months here. This translates to a departure from the customary fireside coziness, with people often opting to celebrate Christmas Day al fresco. It's a common sight to witness families and friends gathering in parks or gardens, relishing a festive feast under the radiant sunshine.


A captivating aroma of white peach and ripe pineapple, underscored by a subtle hint of lemon curd, renders this wine irresistibly intriguing. On the palate, a velvety smooth introduction unveils a multitude of supple fruit layers, skillfully handled to preserve the authentic essence of chenin at its finest. The wine achieves a beautiful equilibrium, complemented by a delightful touch of acidity that imparts freshness and sharp focus to the palate.: Revel in the captivating bouquet as vibrant bubbles release enchanting fragrances of ripe strawberries, luscious raspberries, and the juiciness of fresh cherries.



Embark on a sensory adventure where the perfect symphony unfolds—a meticulous balance between the invigorating crispness of freshness and the indulgent embrace of fruitiness. With each sip, playful bubbles dance on the palate, creating a dynamic experience that culminates in a lingering, memorable aftertaste.



The wine presents itself as rich and intense, showcasing plump blackcurrant fruit that forms the central theme. It opens with a luxurious foundation of dark berry fruit, complemented by a savory touch of wild herbs, graphite, and cedar. The fine-grained, grippy tannins provide a sturdy backbone, resulting in a delightful interplay of tension and succulence. The taste is exquisitely balanced and stylish, expressing the classic characteristics of the grape variety. The finish is both long and satisfying, leaving a lingering and savory impression.



Unveiling its character with opulent, dark berry fruit at the heart, accompanied by a savory interplay of wild herbs, graphite, and cedar. The wine exudes density and contemplative depth, showcasing plump blackcurrant fruit that finds equilibrium with a structured foundation of fine-grained, grippy tannins. This interplay creates a delightful tension and succulence on the palate. Immerse yourself in a beautifully balanced and stylish journey, featuring the classic expression of the grape variety. The wine manifests a harmonious blend of flavors, highlighting its cultivar essence with finesse. The savory finish unfolds gradually, offering a prolonged and satisfying conclusion to the tasting experience.

We extend our warm holiday wishes "Geseënde Kersfees." (Merry Christmas),

With warmest wishes from our family to yours, we extend heartfelt greetings for a Merry Christmas and a season filled with joyous holidays! In the spirit of the festivities, we wanted to inform you that, during this wonderful time of the year, we will not be hosting tastings.

As we take a brief pause to celebrate with our loved ones, our tasting events will be on hold. However, fear not, as we are eager to reconnect with you and resume our tastings promptly. We plan to be back in action starting Wednesday, January 10th, bringing you delightful experiences and flavors to kick off the new year.

May your holidays be filled with love, laughter, and the warmth of cherished moments. We look forward to continuing our journey with you in the coming year, sharing more memorable experiences and delectable tastings. Until then, have a splendid holiday season and a Happy New Year!

The Team at The Wine Shop of Charleston

Join us Wednesday 

December 20th

5pm ~ 7pm

No reservation necessary

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