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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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  • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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  • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Baobab Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Front Label
    Baobab Sauvignon Blanc 2001
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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  • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2004
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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  • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Front Label
    Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2004
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
    Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2009
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Front Label
    Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2004
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  • Thelema Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Thelema Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2006
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2007
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2006
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Front Label
    Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2007
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  • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2011
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2008
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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  • Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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