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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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  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020  Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
      4.1 50 Ratings
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    • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
      Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2020
      Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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      • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
        MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020
        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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      • Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
        Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
        • WW87
        4.3 17 Ratings
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      • Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2020  Front Label
        Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2020
        Rosé from South Africa
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        • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
          Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2020
          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
            Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
              De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2020
              Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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              • Excelsior Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                Excelsior Chardonnay 2020
                Chardonnay from South Africa
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                • Lievland Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                  Lievland Chenin Blanc 2020
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Radley & Finch The Profs Pinotage 2020  Front Label
                    Radley & Finch The Profs Pinotage 2020
                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
                      • WW88
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                    • Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                      Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
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                      • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                        Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                        • Radley & Finch Lazy Hare Shiraz 2020  Front Label
                          Radley & Finch Lazy Hare Shiraz 2020
                          Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
                          • WW89
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                        • De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                          De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2020
                          Chardonnay from South Africa
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                          • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                            Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                            Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                            • De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020  Front Label
                              De Morgenzon DMZ Rose 2020
                              Rosé from South Africa
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                            • Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                              Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                              • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                                De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2020
                                Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                                • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                                  Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                                  Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                                  Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020
                                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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