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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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  • Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2013 Front Label
    Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap White 2013
    Other White Blends from South Africa
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    • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
      Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
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      • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
        Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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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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        • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
          MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2013
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2013 Front Label
            Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2013
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            • Mulderbosch Block W Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
              Mulderbosch Block W Chenin Blanc 2013
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
              Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2013
              Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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            • Savage White Blend 2013 Front Label
              Savage White Blend 2013
              Other White Wine from South Africa
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            • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
              Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2013
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2013
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Helderberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                  Helderberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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                  • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Front Label
                    Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2013
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                      Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                        Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay 2013
                        Chardonnay from South Africa
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                        • Goats do Roam White 2013 Front Label
                          Goats do Roam White 2013
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                          • Mullineux Family Wines Old Vines White Blend 2013 Front Label
                            Mullineux Family Wines Old Vines White Blend 2013
                            Other White Blends from South Africa
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                          • Neil Ellis Sincerely Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                            Neil Ellis Sincerely Chardonnay 2013
                            Chardonnay 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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                              • Indaba Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                                Indaba Chardonnay 2013
                                Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                                  Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2013
                                  Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
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                                  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                                    Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chardonnay 2013
                                    Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                    • Capensis Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                                      Capensis Chardonnay 2013
                                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                    • Tokara Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
                                      Tokara Reserve Chardonnay 2013
                                      Chardonnay from South Africa
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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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