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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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  • Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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    • Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018  Front Label
      Neil Ellis The Left Bank 2018
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      • Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Downes Family Vineyards Merlot 2018
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        • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
          Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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