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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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  • Southern Right Pinotage 2019  Front Label
    Southern Right Pinotage 2019
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Beaumont Pinotage 2016  Front Label
    Beaumont Pinotage 2016
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • David & Nadia Pinotage 2018  Front Label
      David & Nadia Pinotage 2018
      Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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      • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018  Front Label
        Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2018
        Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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      • Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2017  Front Label
        Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2017
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Tormentoso Pinotage 2016 Front Label
          Tormentoso Pinotage 2016
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2016  Front Label
            Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2016
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018  Front Label
              Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2018
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Hidden Valley Pinotage 1998 Front Label
                Hidden Valley Pinotage 1998
                Pinotage from South Africa
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                • Nederburg Pinotage Paarl 1999
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                  • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                    MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2009
                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Spice Route Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                      Spice Route Pinotage 2009
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Backsberg Pinotage 1999 Front Label
                      Backsberg Pinotage 1999
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                      Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2010
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2017  Front Label
                      Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2017
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                      • Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2009 Front Label
                        Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2009
                        Pinotage from South Africa
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                        • Kanonkop Pinotage 2017 Front Label
                          Kanonkop Pinotage 2017
                          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Tormentoso Pinotage 2013 Front Label
                          Tormentoso Pinotage 2013
                          Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                          • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2007 Front Label
                            MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2007
                            Pinotage from South Africa
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                          • KWV Pinotage 2000
                            Pinotage from South Africa
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                          • Kanonkop Pinotage 2003 Front Label
                            Kanonkop Pinotage 2003
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                            • Grangehurst Stellenbosch Pinotage 1998 Front Label
                              Grangehurst Stellenbosch Pinotage 1998
                              Pinotage from South Africa
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                              • Fairview Pinotage 2010 Front Label
                                Fairview Pinotage 2010
                                Pinotage from South Africa
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                                • Kanonkop Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                  Kanonkop Pinotage 2015
                                  Pinotage from South Africa
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