List Page Learn About Content Graphic

South African Wine

Learn about South African wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

undefined, null

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.

Filter by
3 Items
3 Items
Gift Type
Occasion
Variety
South Africa
Rating & Price
Rating All
Price All
Size & Type
Fine Wine
3 Items
  • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
    Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
      0.0 0 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $54.99
      Try the
      54 99
      54 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
      Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
        0.0 0 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $44.99
        Try the
        53
        44 99
        Save $8.01 (15%)
      • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
        • TA93
        • RP90
        • WS90
        4.8 13 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $44.99
        Try the
        53
        44 99
        Save $8.01 (15%)
      Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

      Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
      Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

      It's easy to make the switch.
      Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

      Yes, Update Now
      Cheers to You!

      New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

      New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

      There was an error redeeming your code.

      *New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 8/31/2020. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

      Search for ""

      Processing Your Order...