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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Jam Jar Sweet Red Blend 2019  Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet Red Blend 2019
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
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    • Indaba Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Indaba Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from South Africa
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      • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019  Front Label
        MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2019
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019
          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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          • Jam Jar Sweet Blush  Front Label
            Jam Jar Sweet Blush
            Rosé from South Africa
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            • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 Front Label
              Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
              • D95
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            • Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
              Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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              • Warwick Estate The First Lady Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                Warwick Estate The First Lady Chardonnay 2019
                Chardonnay from South Africa
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                • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                  Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019
                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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                  • Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                    Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
                    • WW88
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                  • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                    Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                    • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2020
                      Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                      • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                        Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
                        • D93
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                      • Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                        Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
                        • WW87
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                      • Savage Red Blend 2018  Front Label
                        Savage Red Blend 2018
                        Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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                        • RP91
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                      • Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec  Front Label
                        Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec
                        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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                        • Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016 Front Label
                          Mullineux Family Wines Syrah 2016
                          Syrah/Shiraz from Swartland, South Africa
                          • TA93
                          • D93
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                          • RP90
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                        • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
                          Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2017
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                          • D93
                          • RP90
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                        • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                          Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2020
                          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • Badenhorst Curator Red Blend 2019  Front Label
                            Badenhorst Curator Red Blend 2019
                            Other Red Blends from South Africa
                            • V92
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                          • Alheit Cartology 2017  Front Label
                            Alheit Cartology 2017
                            Other White Blends from South Africa
                            • RP93
                            • WS92
                            • WE90
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                          • Beaumont Pinotage 2017  Front Label
                            Beaumont Pinotage 2017
                            Pinotage from South Africa
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                            • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                              Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
                              Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
                              • D93
                              • V91
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                            • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                              Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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                              • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                                Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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