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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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  • Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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  • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
    Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • Kanonkop Pinotage 2017 Front Label
      Kanonkop Pinotage 2017
      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
      Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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    • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
      De Toren Fusion V 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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      • Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2017  Front Label
        Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage 2017
        Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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        • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017  Front Label
          Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017
          Other Red Blends from South Africa
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          • Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2017  Front Label
            Edgebaston The Pepper Pot 2017
            Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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            • Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
              Porcupine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
              Cabernet Sauvignon 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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              • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
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                • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                  Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017
                  Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                • Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
                  Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2017
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                  • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                    Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
                    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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                  • Chamonix Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                    Chamonix Chardonnay 2017
                    Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                    • Badenhorst Family White Blend 2017  Front Label
                      Badenhorst Family White Blend 2017
                      Rhone White Blends from South Africa
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                    • Savage White Blend 2017  Front Label
                      Savage White Blend 2017
                      Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
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