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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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  • De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Robertson, 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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    • Rib Shack Red Blend 2019  Front Label
      Rib Shack Red Blend 2019
      Other Red Blends 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
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        • Goats do Roam Rose 2019  Front Label
          Goats do Roam Rose 2019
          Rosé 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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            • Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2019  Front Label
              Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2019
              Other White Blends from 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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                • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                  Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019
                  Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                  • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                    De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019
                    Chardonnay from Robertson, 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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