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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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  • Goats do Roam Red 2005 Front Label
    Goats do Roam Red 2005
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Goats do Roam In Villages Red 2005 Front Label
    Goats do Roam In Villages Red 2005
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Goats do Roam Goat-Roti 2005 Front Label
    Goats do Roam Goat-Roti 2005
    Rhone Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Ken Forrester Shiraz/Grenache 2005 Front Label
    Ken Forrester Shiraz/Grenache 2005
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    • Bellingham Dragon's Lair Red 2005 Front Label
      Bellingham Dragon's Lair Red 2005
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      • Sequillo Cellars Red 2005 Front Label
        Sequillo Cellars Red 2005
        Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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        • Graham Beck The Joshua Shiraz Viognier 2005 Front Label
          Graham Beck The Joshua Shiraz Viognier 2005
          Rhone Red Blends from Robertson, South Africa
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          • Ken Forrester The Gypsy Grenache - Syrah 2005 Front Label
            Ken Forrester The Gypsy Grenache - Syrah 2005
            Rhone Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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            • Solms Delta Hiervandaan Red 2005 Front Label
              Solms Delta Hiervandaan Red 2005
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