“We could not be happier, as newcomers, with the incredible reception we have received from the wine industry,” say Martin Voigt and Richard Wells, founders of Trade Winds Wine. “We entered the market this year with a Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and a Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, both of which, on debut, are being met with favourable acclaim at prestigious competitions.”

The Trade Winds’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021 triumphed as the best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2022 Trophy Wine Show, winning the Sunday Times Trophy with a top score of 97/100. Trophy Wine Show, chaired by wine authority Michael Fridjhon, is internationally lauded for its meticulous judging by an illustrious international and local panel.

The Trade Winds’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was awarded a Silver medal with 90 points at the 2022 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). With entries from around 90 countries worldwide, and hundreds of global experts judging wine and spirits, the IWSC proudly sets the international benchmark for quality.

In addition, the Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was presented with a Double Gold medal at the 2022 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. Gran d’Or (Double Gold) wines score between 93 and 95.99 points.

Michelangelo’s judges are hand-picked wine experts, hailing from around the world, giving entrants a benchmark of international taste.

The Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has also recently been selected by internationally renowned wine critic and judge, Michael Fridjhon, to represent our country at the 2022 Global Fine Wine Challenge. Exclusive to the nations of the New World, comprising South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, this Challenge is accessible by invitation only and is restricted to the top 120 wines nominated by prominent judges in each of the five countries. The judges are convening in Sydney, Australia in November to taste the nominated wines blind and discover the very best that the New World has to offer.

More about Trade Winds Wine

Trade Winds’ heritage is in the adventures of its founders, Martin Voigt and Richard Wells. They wanted a brand name which embodied an exciting and trusted choice in high quality wines.  As an international aviator, Martin spent many hours navigating across the oceans of the world, reflecting on the voyages of the mariners in the days of sail and how the most critical and reliable of the elements affecting their explorations were the trade winds. Capturing this essence of reliability and adventure, the brand seeks to inspire your very own wine journey of discovery. With decades of experience in the wine industry, Honorary Cape Wine Master and highly accomplished blender Colin Frith, has long term relationships with several wine estates. Based in Stellenbosch, every season he tastes and selects to source produce for the specific balance in the wine profiles he is seeking to so expertly create.

Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021

The Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is a superb blend of grapes from low-yielding old Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on cool elevated mountain slopes in Stellenbosch (for richer tropical notes and softer acidity), and cool-climate Elgin grapes (for greener herbaceous characters and minerality). This beautifully balanced Sauvignon Blanc is generous in style with a full nose layered with citrus, pineapple, and peach. The palate is complex, combining the character of fresh cut grass and green herbs with ripe tropical fruit notes of peach and apricot, along with an enjoyable level of minerality. The wine is fresh with soft acidity, a good mouthfeel and a round lingering finish.

Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

The Trade Winds Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a harmonious blend of grapes from low-yielding old vines in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon region – from elevated vineyards that benefit from cooling breezes off the ocean. The wine was matured in older 300ℓ French oak barrels, 2nd and 3rd fill (no new wood) for a period of 18 months – the balanced integrated oak serving as a platform for the fruit to shine. The complex nose reveals rich aromas of juicy black cherries, plums and blackcurrants followed by fragrant cedar wood and tobacco notes, showing distinctive character of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose follows on to a full rounded palate of developing flavours of black olives, cassis and subtle oak spice, with some fine ripe tannins giving a long soft finish. This elegant and fresh Cabernet has a well-balanced mouthfeel and a clean black fruit farewell.

Purchase Trade Winds Wine

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Trade Winds Wines will soon be available nationally at leading wine retailers and restaurants.


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