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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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  • Chamonix Reserve White 2014 Front Label
    Chamonix Reserve White 2014
    Bordeaux White Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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    Morgenster White 2014
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    • Escapade Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
      Escapade Winery Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2014
      Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
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      • Villiera Down to Earth White 2014 Front Label
        Villiera Down to Earth White 2014
        Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Bizoe Henrietta 2014 Front Label
          Bizoe Henrietta 2014
          Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
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          • Gabrielskloof Magdalena 2014 Front Label
            Gabrielskloof Magdalena 2014
            Bordeaux White Blends from Walker Bay, South Africa
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            • Newton Johnson Wines Walker Bay Resonance 2014 Front Label
              Newton Johnson Wines Walker Bay Resonance 2014
              Bordeaux White Blends from Walker Bay, South Africa
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              • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014
                Bordeaux White Blends from South Africa
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                • Strandveld Adamastor White 2014 Front Label
                  Strandveld Adamastor White 2014
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                  • Stony Brook Vineyards Ghost Gum White 2014 Front Label
                    Stony Brook Vineyards Ghost Gum White 2014
                    Bordeaux White Blends from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                    • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2014 Front Label
                      Tokara Director's Reserve White 2014
                      Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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