BEHIND THE BAR: INTRODUCING EIGHTH WONDER WINES FROM SOUTH AFRICAIn May 2013, Eighth Wonder Wines will be officially introduced to the U.S. market.  Sustainably produced in South Africa’s acclaimed wine-growing region of the Western Cape near Cape Town, Eighth Wonder Wines has produced four beautiful wines for Americans to sip and savor.

The collection includes Good Hope Chardonnay, Lively Grove Pinotage, Silver Tree Meritage and Silver Tree Reserve Meritage.  The Pinotage grape is unique to South Africa, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut that drinks like a medium-body, complex Pinot Noir.  It offers an opportunity for wine drinkers to enjoy and wine sellers to showcase a unique varietal.  All Eight Wonder wines carry South Africa’s Seal of Sustainability and Integrity.  In addition to having a positive economic impact on the community, the seal guarantees that wines are produced to meet the strict environmental standards that protect the country’s floral kingdom and winelands.

The Eighth Wonder wine project has been several years in the making.  In 2011, its founders became interested in developing wines that were high-quality, sustainable and affordable.  In the course of identifying opportunities to produce sustainable, top-quality wines, they were introduced to three of South Africa’s finest wine producers.

Traveling to South Africa, the development team met with wine producers from the Stellenbosch, Constantia and Paarl Valley wine districts.  Their goal was to create and produce wines that showcase the essence of South Africa’s winelands, offerings not well known in the U.S.  Further piquing their interest was South Africa’s commitment to sustainability and the country’s pride in protecting the Cape Floral Kingdom through its agricultural practices.   Over five days, they sipped and tasted reds, whites and blends, working with South African winemaker Therese De Beer to create wines to offer in the U.S.  Tasting and blending more than 150 different wines, they selected four wines are now featured in the U.S.

The new company was christened Eighth Wonder Wines.  The name not only references the product’s exceptional quality, but also its association with Cape Town’s most recognized site – the stunning Table Mountain – which was named in 2011 as one of the world’s “New 7 Wonders of Nature.”  Rising 3563 feet above sea level, Table Mountain is part of Table Mountain National Park and the Cape Floral Region.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the world’s richest areas of plants, including the rare and endangered Silver Tree – for which two Eighth Wonder red wines are named.

For more information, please contact Matt Grove at Eighth Wonder Wines, by phone at 312-846-1944, by email at, or online at  Import by TLG Wines.