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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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  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
    Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
      Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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      • Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
        Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014
        Sauvignon Blanc from Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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      • Lourensford The Dome Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
        Lourensford The Dome Chardonnay 2014
        Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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      • Jam Jar Sweet White 2014 Front Label
        Jam Jar Sweet White 2014
        Other White Blends from South Africa
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        • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
          Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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          • Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
            Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2014
            Chardonnay from Paarl, South Africa
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          • Capensis Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
            Capensis Chardonnay 2014
            Chardonnay from South Africa
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          • Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2014 Front Label
            Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2014
            Other White Blends from South Africa
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            • Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
              Bayten Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2014
              Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
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            • Sadie Family Palladius 2014 Front Label
              Sadie Family Palladius 2014
              Other White Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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              • RP92
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            • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Indaba Chenin Blanc 2014
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Delaire Graff Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
                Delaire Graff Reserve Chardonnay 2014
                Chardonnay from South Africa
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                • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                  Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014
                  Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                  MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2014
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                  Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2014
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
                  • WW94
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                • Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
                  Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2014
                  Chardonnay from South Africa
                  • RP92
                  • WE90
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                • De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
                  De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2014
                  Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                  • RP93
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                • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                  Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                    Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2014
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Front Label
                      Warwick Estate Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2014
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
                        Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay 2014
                        Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                      • Essay Chenin Blanc Blend 2014 Front Label
                        Essay Chenin Blanc Blend 2014
                        Other White Blends from South Africa
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                      • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                        Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2014
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • Fairview Viognier 2014 Front Label
                          Fairview Viognier 2014
                          Viognier from South Africa
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