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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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    Fairview Viognier 2014
    Viognier from South Africa
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    • Saronsberg Viognier 2014 Front Label
      Saronsberg Viognier 2014
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      • Bellingham The Bernard Series Hand Picked Viognier 2014 Front Label
        Bellingham The Bernard Series Hand Picked Viognier 2014
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        • Eagles' Nest Viognier 2014 Front Label
          Eagles' Nest Viognier 2014
          Viognier from Constantia, South Africa
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          • Welmoed Wines Viognier 2014 Front Label
            Welmoed Wines Viognier 2014
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            • La Petite Ferme Viognier 2014 Front Label
              La Petite Ferme Viognier 2014
              Viognier from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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              • Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Viognier 2014 Front Label
                Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Carpe Diem Viognier 2014
                Viognier from Paarl, South Africa
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                • Silkbush Winery Viognier 2014 Front Label
                  Silkbush Winery Viognier 2014
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                  • Lynx Viognier 2014 Front Label
                    Lynx Viognier 2014
                    Viognier from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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                    • Cloof The Very Vivacious Viognier 2014 Front Label
                      Cloof The Very Vivacious Viognier 2014
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                      • Babylonstoren Viognier 2014 Front Label
                        Babylonstoren Viognier 2014
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                        • The Foundry Viognier 2014 Front Label
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                          Viognier from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • Topaz Viognier 2014 Front Label
                            Topaz Viognier 2014
                            Viognier from Elgin, South Africa
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