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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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  • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2017  Front Label
    Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2017
    Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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  • Lievland Pinotage 2017  Front Label
    Lievland Pinotage 2017
    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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  • Warwick Estate Pinotage 2003 Front Label
    Warwick Estate Pinotage 2003
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2005 Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2005
    Pinotage from 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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  • Spice Route Pinotage 2008 Front Label
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    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2010 Front Label
    Robertson Limited Release Phanto Ridge Pinotage 2010
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2010 Front Label
    Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2010
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Southern Right Pinotage 2009 Front Label
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    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Baobab Pinotage 2001 Front Label
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    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Simonsig Pinotage 2003 Front Label
    Simonsig Pinotage 2003
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • KWV Pinotage 2000
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • KWV Pinotage 1999
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Southern Right Pinotage 2015 Front Label
    Southern Right Pinotage 2015
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Beeslaar Pinotage 2016 Front Label
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    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Simonsig Pinotage 2005 Front Label
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    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2007 Front Label
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    Pinotage from South Africa
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