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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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  • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016  Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 Front Label
    Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
    Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Badenhorst Caperitif Kaapse Dief  Front Bottle Shot
    Badenhorst Caperitif Kaapse Dief
    Vermouth from South Africa
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    • Tokara Shiraz 2016  Front Label
      Tokara Shiraz 2016
      Syrah/Shiraz from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
      Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018
        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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      • Jam Jar Sweet White 2019  Front Label
        Jam Jar Sweet White 2019
        Other White Blends from South Africa
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        • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
          Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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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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            • Raats Red Jasper 2017  Front Label
              Raats Red Jasper 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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            • Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
              Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                  Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017
                  Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                • Sadie Family Skerpioen 2019  Front Label
                  Sadie Family Skerpioen 2019
                  Other White Blends from Swartland, 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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                    • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
                      Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                      Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2017
                      Bordeaux Red Blends 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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                      • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                        De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2020
                        Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                        • Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018  Front Label
                          Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018
                          Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                          • Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2019  Front Label
                            Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2019
                            Other White Blends from South Africa
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                            • Boschendal Brut Front Label
                              Boschendal Brut
                              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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                              • De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020  Front Label
                                De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020
                                Rosé from South Africa
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                                • Braai Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                                  Braai Pinotage 2019
                                  Pinotage from South Africa
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