What is Kunye, The Wine Wise?

We’re a club…a movement…that aims to grow more South African wine appreciators. We want to see more diversity in the South African wine landscape – from consumers to wine professionals. If you share our vision, we’d love for you to join us as we make our stand for a more inclusive and diverse wine landscape. Sign up. It’s free.

3.2 million South Africans consume alcohol

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Only 18% of South Africans drink wine

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53% of still wine is sold below R30.00

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Next time you’re at a wine event, a tasting room, or a wine store…look around and consider how diverse the room feels. 26 years is a long time…we can do better. Let’s do better. Let’s drink better! Together.

The Club?

If you believe that wine should be more diverse and include every wine lover in South Africa, you should join us. We want this to become the wine club that speaks to, and represents us all. We’d love for you to stand up and be counted as one of the many people who believe we can all kuier over a glass of wine, together.

Why should you join?

• You’ll have access to our introduction to wine eBook in English and Xhosa.

• We’ll invite you to quarterly online masterclasses about wine.

• And you’ll be the first to have access to limited wines that we release.

The Book?

The eBook? We’re still not sure how we ended up writing a 120+ page book…or why it’s the longest book title ever! But we can tell you that we’re hella proud that this introduction to wine eBook is available in English and Xhosa.

Our goal from the very beginning was to give everyone in South Africa access to solid wine information. So we had the book translated into Xhosa.  It’s the first time in the 360+ years of winemaking in South Africa that a wine book for consumers has been published in Xhosa.

Download our book…and encourage your friends to download it too. The more we know, the better we’ll drink!

The Wine?

After finishing the book, we knew we wanted to do more. We wanted to grow diversity not only in wine appreciators, but the industry too. We took a leap of faith and bottled a Chenin Blanc and Syrah sourced and made in the Swartland.

Every cent of the profits will go towards funding a scholarship that will assist people to further their wine education. We’d love it if you’d grab a bottle or two from our darling friends at Darling Wine Shop to support our scholarship.

The Scholarship?

Our goal is to raise enough money through the wine sales to fund a few scholarships in 2021 that will assist previously disadvantaged people in South Africa to further their wine education.

From oenology to sommeliers, waiters to soil scientists. We’d like to help diversify the SA wine landscape across the range of wine professions.

Applications will open in 2021.

About us?

Kunye isn’t so much about the story of two people who want to share their respect and love for wine with all of South Africa, so much as we want Kunye to be a story of South Africa’s respect and love for wine.

Having said that, this project was started by Cassidy Dart (Master of Wine) and Cape of Good Wine (not an MW).  We’ve co-hosted an online wine course…written a book…and have now started a non profit company (NPC Registration Number: 2020/ 926504/08 )

We’ve committed a substantial amount of time to this project, and have recently been joined by two wonderful board members: Darren Maree, whose knowledge and passion for wine belies his youth; and Gillion Bosman, an MP,  global changemaker and fervent supporter of youth-led development initiatives.

If you’d like to help in any way, connect with us at hello@thewinewise.com