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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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  • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Indaba Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
      Indaba Chardonnay 2011
      Chardonnay from South Africa
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      • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
        Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Goats do Roam White 2011 Front Label
        Goats do Roam White 2011
        Other White Blends from South Africa
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      • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
        Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Jam Jar Moscato 2011 Front Label
        Jam Jar Moscato 2011
        Muscat from South Africa
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      • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
        Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2011
        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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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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        • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Essay Chenin Blanc Blend 2011 Front Label
          Essay Chenin Blanc Blend 2011
          Other White Blends from South Africa
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        • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2011
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2011
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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        • Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2011
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011 Front Label
          Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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        • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
          MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2011
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Protea Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Protea Chenin Blanc 2011
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2011 Front Label
            Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2011
            Other White Blends from South Africa
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            • Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
              Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2011
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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              • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2011
                Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                    Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2011
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                  • The Beachhouse Pinot Grigio 2011 Front Label
                    The Beachhouse Pinot Grigio 2011
                    Pinot Gris/Grigio from South Africa
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                    • Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2011
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2011
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2011
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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