SWC And London Olympic Stadium

It was a landmark weekend for Sporting Wine Club. 

Saracens v Harlequins was the first Premiership Rugby match to be played at the London Olympic Stadium, in front of 57,000 people, with Schalk Burger on the pitch and his family’s wine available off it.  Sporting Wine Club was proud to be represented in such an Iconic stadium, and this represents another milestone in our development into Sporting stadia.

The Meerkat Chenin Banc and Bohemian Syrah were in particular demand although it’s always tough to choose between the 4 high quality offerings – the Meerkat Pinotage Rose and the Welbedacht Hat Trick went down very well too.

In recognition of the Sarries win which keeps them near the top of the Premiership, these are our rugby wines of the week and will attract a 15% discount for any two case orders or more.  Please contact alex@sportingwineclub.com or michelle@sportingwineclub.com to place your order.

SWC & The World’s Finest Rugby Trophies

SWC had the great privilege to be invited to Thomas Lyte’s World’s Finest Rugby Trophies display at Killik and Co’s offices in London.

The (original!) William Webb Ellis Cup and European Rugby Trophies were in evidence among invitees from many top sporting organisations.

All four of our rugby winemakers had wines on show and two of the Meerkat wines, the Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc, form part of a charity sales initiative to benefit Doddie Weirs Foundation to establish the causes of Motor Neurone disease.

Sumaridge Estates, Chateau Pédésclaux, Welbedacht and Collalbrigo wines were all tasted and admired. We really are lucky to have such quality vintages from the world of Rugby.

We hope to work closely with Thomas Lyte over the coming years.

SWC’s Charity Target For Doddie Weir – Amazing Wine Offer!

SWC had the huge privilege to supply the wines to the Doddie Weir Testimonial last Monday at Battersea Evolution in London.

I played against Doddie in the early 90’s and over the years we have had a lot of laughs. He is a legend of the game.  For him to be suffering from Motor Neurone Disease is a total tragedy, and for which there is no known cure.  We and everyone else will do everything we can to help Doddie and assist in researching the causes of MND.  I am sure we all remember the sad passing of legendary Springbok Joost Van der Westhuizen last year from the same illness. It is vital that a cure is found.

Together with the help of European Rugby, our table in the corner contributed £25k, which made us incredibly proud.  Schalk Burger also donated a visit to his wine farm for free which was sold for £5k.  Fittingly we started the evening with the superb Mon Rene, Schalk’s Sparkling wine, champagne in all but name, and his very excellent Meerkat wines, the Pinotage and the Sauvignon Blanc, were much enjoyed and were drunk throughout the evening.

To continue to support Doddie, we wish to offer you the opportunity to buy all three wines with a donation to his foundation of £5 per case for the Meerkats and £10 per case for the Mon René, full details are below.  We have a target in our minds to raise another £2,500 through these sales and also to raise awareness of MND among the many hundreds of people to whom we will send this.

To find out more about Doddie’s amazing Trust and their events raising awareness of, and supporting people with, MND please click here.

Thanks for your support.

Simon Halliday & Chris Mariner
Founders, Sporting Wine Club


Mon René

Mon Rene

A refined Cap Classique sparkler with crisp citrus and pineapple notes. It has a persistent mousse with a creamy and richly textured finish. It is fresh and elegant, perfect for a celebration or as an aperitif.  Please click here to view the wine.


£83.94 per case with £10 per case donation to Doddie’s Trust.  Please contact either michelle@sportingwineclub.com or alex@sportingwineclub.com to place an order.


Meerkat Pinotage

Meerkat Pinotage

A rich, unctuous Pinotage brimming with sweet plum and black cherry characteristics, supported by sensuous mocha chocolate and soft vanilla.  Please click here to view the wine.


£59.94 per case with £5 per case donation to Doddie’s Trust.  Please contact either michelle@sportingwineclub.com or alex@sportingwineclub.com to place an order.




Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc

Meerkat Sauvignon Blanc

This crisp and lively Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect marriage of beautiful aromas and flavours: green melon, lemongrass, passion fruit and crisp, green apples. It is the ultimate quaffer for the SB lover.  Please click here to view the wine.


£53.94 per case with £5 per case donation to Doddie’s Trust  Please contact either michelle@sportingwineclub.com or alex@sportingwineclub.com to place an order.