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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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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • WW90
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  • Jam Jar Sweet White 2018 Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet White 2018
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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    • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
      MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019
      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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      • Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
        Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2019
        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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        • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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          • De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from South Africa
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            • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
              Chenin Blanc from 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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              • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from South Africa
                • WS92
                • WW91
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              • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label
                Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2015
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                  Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2018
                  Sauvignon Blanc 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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                  • Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Product Video
                    Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, 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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                      • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                        Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        4.1 7 Ratings
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                      • Excelsior Chardonnay 2019  Front Bottle Shot
                        Excelsior Chardonnay 2019
                        Chardonnay from 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 Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                            De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019
                            Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                            • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                              Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Indaba Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                                Indaba Chardonnay 2018
                                Chardonnay 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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                                  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                    Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                                  • Goats do Roam White 2019  Front Label
                                    Goats do Roam White 2019
                                    Other White Blends from 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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