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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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  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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    • Cape Point Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
      Cape Point Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2013
      Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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      • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
        Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2013
        Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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      • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
        Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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      • Helderberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
        Helderberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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        • Cape Point Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
          Cape Point Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc 2013
          Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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        • Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
          Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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        • Riebeek Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
          Riebeek Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2013
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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        • Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
          Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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          • The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
            The Beachhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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            • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
              Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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              • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2013
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                  Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                  • Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                    Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2013
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                    • Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                      Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                      • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                        Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                      • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                        MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                        • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                          Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                          • La Capra Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                            La Capra Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                            • Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                              Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                              • House Of Mandela The Thembu Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                House Of Mandela The Thembu Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                                • Waterkloof Peacock Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                  Waterkloof Peacock Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2013
                                  Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                  • Savanha Sun Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                    Savanha Sun Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                                    • Waterkloof False Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                      Waterkloof False Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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