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Farewell to Nick

25 November 2021

We have Lost Our Dear Friend & Member


It is with great regret that we must report the unexpected passing of our very good friend, Nick Heering, after a very short illness. He will be sorely missed by all at VATS and certainly very deeply by his family and friends all around the world.

Nick was a member of VATS for the past10 years and an important member of the committee for 9 of them and he never missed a tasting if at all possible over the whole time. We know we will be unable to replace such a stalwart member and friend but we are sure that he will be remembered by all for his strong and dedicated support of our club over the whole time.

We are awaiting information as to the date and time of either his memorial or funeral service and will publish details on this website as well as on our Facebook page as soon as possible - please check back here or our Facebook page for further info



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VATS Wine Club was founded in 1983, when a few friends met in a local Johannesburg restaurant to taste and discuss wine. Now, thirty-five years later, VATS has grown into an a very well known and respected institution.

Our membership is still growing, with members from all walks of life and from every stage of experience - from the novice to the master.

The common thread that ties us together is a passion for wine. VATS has become well respected within the industry and attracts prominent speakers from every facet of the trade to address us on all aspects of viniculture and viticulture.

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