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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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  • Sadie Family Treinspoor 2016 Front Label
    Sadie Family Treinspoor 2016
    Other Red Wine from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Savage Red Blend 2016 Front Label
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    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Meerlust Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Meerlust Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Savage White Blend 2016 Front Label
    Savage White Blend 2016
    Other White Wine from South Africa
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  • Savage White Blend 2013 Front Label
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    Other White Wine from South Africa
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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Savage Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Savage Red Blend 2013
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • De Toren Z 2013  Front Label
    De Toren Z 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2014 Front Label
    Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2014
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Sadie Family T Voetpad 2014 Front Label
    Sadie Family T Voetpad 2014
    Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Savage White Blend 2014 Front Label
    Savage White Blend 2014
    Other White Wine from South Africa
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2012 Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2008 Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017
    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Lievland Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Lievland Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Constantia Glen Two 2015 Front Label
    Constantia Glen Two 2015
    Other White Blends from Constantia, South Africa
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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2008 Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2008
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Sadie Family Palladius 2015 Front Label
    Sadie Family Palladius 2015
    Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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  • De Toren Z 2009 Front Label
    De Toren Z 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Constantia Glen Two 2016  Front Label
    Constantia Glen Two 2016
    Other White Blends from Constantia, South Africa
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2001 Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2009 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2009
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
    • RP93
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