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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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  • Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Capensis Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
      Capensis Chardonnay 2016
      Chardonnay from South Africa
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    • Savage White Blend 2017  Front Label
      Savage White Blend 2017
      Bordeaux White Blends 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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        • Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016  Front Label
          Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
          Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
          Pinot Noir from South Africa
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          • Boschendal Brut Front Label
            Boschendal Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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            • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, 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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            • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
              Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from South Africa
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              • Alheit Cartology 2017  Front Label
                Alheit Cartology 2017
                Other White Blends from South Africa
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              • Meerlust Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Meerlust Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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