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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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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • WS92
    • RP90
    4.4 20 Ratings
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  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • V94
    • RP93
    • WS93
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WS91
    • V91
    • RP91
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2020
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
    • WS90
    4.2 20 Ratings
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  • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
    Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • WS90
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  • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018  Front Label
    Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WS90
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
    • WS91
    • RP91
    3.8 5 Ratings
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  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
    Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • V90
    • WS90
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  • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
    • WS91
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