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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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  • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
      3.8 59 Ratings
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    • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
      Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Bottle Shot
        Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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        • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019
          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
            4.5 9 Ratings
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          • Indaba Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Indaba Merlot 2018
            Merlot from South Africa
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            • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
              Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2017
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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            • Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018 Front Label
              Badenhorst Secateurs Rose 2018
              Rosé from South Africa
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            • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
                4.1 18 Ratings
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              • Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Product Video
                Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
                  4.7 13 Ratings
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                • De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                  De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019
                  Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
                    4.7 6 Ratings
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                  • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
                    Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                    • Indaba Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                      Indaba Chardonnay 2018
                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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                      • Tokara Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
                        Tokara Chardonnay 2015
                        Chardonnay from South Africa
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                      • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                        Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      • De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2019  Front Label
                        De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2019
                        Rosé from South Africa
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                        • Excelsior Chardonnay 2019  Front Bottle Shot
                          Excelsior Chardonnay 2019
                          Chardonnay from South Africa
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                          • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                            Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019
                            Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                              4.9 5 Ratings
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                            • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                              Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                              Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
                                4.7 11 Ratings
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                              • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                • De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                                  De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2018
                                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                  • The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                    The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                    • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                      Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018
                                      Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                                      • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                        Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                                        Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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                                        • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                          Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                                          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                        • Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                          Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2018
                                          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                                            3.8 6 Ratings
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