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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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  • Vilafonte Series C 2014 Front Label
    Vilafonte Series C 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Vilafonte Series M 2014  Front Label
    Vilafonte Series M 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014
    Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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  • Capensis Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Capensis Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014 Front Label
    Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2014
    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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  • Sadie Family Palladius 2014 Front Label
    Sadie Family Palladius 2014
    Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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  • De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2014  Front Label
    Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (500ML) 2014
    Other Dessert 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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  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • Spice Route Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Spice Route Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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    • RP91
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  • Essay Chenin Blanc Blend 2014 Front Label
    Essay Chenin Blanc Blend 2014
    Other White Blends from South Africa
    • RP90
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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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  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Tormentoso Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Tormentoso Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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  • Savage White Blend 2014 Front Label
    Savage White Blend 2014
    Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
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  • Constantia Glen Two 2014 Front Label
    Constantia Glen Two 2014
    Other White Blends from Constantia, South Africa
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  • Beaumont Pinotage 2014 Front Label
    Beaumont Pinotage 2014
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Alheit Cartology 2014 Front Label
    Alheit Cartology 2014
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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  • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2014
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • WW90
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  • Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Stark-Conde Stellenbosch Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
    • RP92
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