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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 2017 Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2017
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA94
    • JS93
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  • Kanonkop Kadette 2017 Front Label
    Kanonkop Kadette 2017
    Other Red Blends from South Africa
    • TA91
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  • Graham Beck Brut Rose Front Label
    Graham Beck Brut Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
    • TA91
    • D90
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2016 Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA95
    • D94
    • WS90
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  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
    • TA90
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015 Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
    • TA94
    • D93
    • RP91
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  • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • RP90
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  • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • TA92
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  • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
    • TA93
    • JD92
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  • Beaumont Pinotage 2016  Front Label
    Beaumont Pinotage 2016
    Pinotage from South Africa
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  • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2016  Front Label
    Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
    • TA91
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  • De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
    • TA93
    • WE92
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  • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • TA96
    • JS94
    • JD93
    • WS93
    • D90
    • RP90
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  • Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2017 Front Label
    Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2017
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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    • WS91
    • JD91
    • TA91
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  • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
    • TA91
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  • Capensis Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Capensis Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from South Africa
    • TA95
    • JS93
    • WS91
    • RP90
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  • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016  Front Label
    Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
    Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA95
    • RP90
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  • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
    De Toren Z 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • TA93
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
    • TA93
    • RP90
    • WS90
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  • Sadie Family Die Ouwingerdreeks Skerpioen White 2017  Front Label
    Sadie Family Die Ouwingerdreeks Skerpioen White 2017
    Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
    • TA96
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  • Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique Front Label
    Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
    • TA91
    • D90
    • RP90
    4.0 48 Ratings
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