South African Wine

 

The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company established a “refreshment station” at the Cape for trading fleets (a precursor to the truck stop) in 1652. Jan van Riebeeck, the first Cape governor planted the first vineyard in 1655 and others followed with various Dutch immigrants. The Constantia vineyard was first planted by Simon van der Stel and gained some notoriety. But since the Dutch, face it, aren’t really known for their viticultural skills, it wasn’t until the French Huguenots settled in the Cape around the 1680s that more refined wine-making techniques were practiced. 
 
But South African wines still had yet to catch on in the rest of the world. In the 18th century, there was a shortage of proper oak barrels for aging, and terroirs and climates had yet to be matched to the grapes most suited to grow in them. But the British occupation of the Cape finally helped nudge things along in the mid century, since they Read more »

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Passionate wine enthusiast/writer/consultant.Specialist on Italy, where She has made her home and kingdom for the past decade. Travels extensively in Europe and New world,Portugal,Douro, South Africa,and in particular Bordeaux style wines, loves Dolcetto

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Varietals Produced in South Africa View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of South Africa

  • Breede River Valley

      The Breede River Valley is a low altitude, flat wine region in South Africa. Much of it ha...

  • Bot River

  • Coastal Region

      The Coastal Region, within the Western Cape district, is considered the heart of the South...

Popular Wineries in South Africa View all

  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company

    Goats do Roam is a South African wine company, based in the Paarl region of the Cape winelands...

  • Juno Wines Company

    The Juno Wine Company - based in the town of Paarl in the heart of South Africa’s winelands - was...

  • Robertson Winery

    Our winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4t...

  • Meerlust

    Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myb...

  • Neil Ellis Wines

    Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards we ...

  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards

    Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the clo...

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Stellar Winery 'Live a Little' Really Ravishing Red NV

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    South African wine is always an experience. I got licorice...overwhelmingly. This did not diminish until day 4 in the fridge. Screw top enclosure. I would have tossed this had I not looked at the region. That explains some of its uniqueness. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • BTW, do you think that chair is really full size?  From the looks of the ... ... for me) and it came from South Africa.  At $9, a steal.  Like a riesling, even less weight than the average Loire Cheni Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Arabella Chenin Blanc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Carmen Stevens Angel's Reserve Shiraz 2013

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    A Naked Wines Selection. Opens with Lavender, cherry, and strawberry, then some musky plum and bitter cherry. A few swirls more and black and white pepper and spice. Big silky mouthful. Medium to soft tannins and medium acidity. Nice long finish of earth and molten cranberry. Nice little number and unbelievable price, cannot imagine that this wi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Buitenverwachting Viognier 3rd Time Lucky 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mikalweiss


  • Well, Joe, thanks for bringing a wine to attention that I didn't even know ... efficient website down in South Africa:(honeybadgerwine.co.za):TASTES LIKE "Honey Badger is first and foremost a red wine, produced from only the finest Shiraz and South Africa’s very own, exclusive Pinotage grapes.Precise blending is done after maturation and a swe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic need some quick help thanks


  • False Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    just tasted grapes... nothing too special... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Simunye South African White Blend 2007

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    Horrible! Read More

    Wine review by jewels08


  • Allesverloren Fine Old Vintage 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by jxsummer


  • Can't say a lot other than the wines are a lot better now than they were ten years ago. I've never been so don't know firsthand what's good, but I used to go to the S. Africa wine tastings on occasion and was able to taste through a lot of them over the years. It's been a while but off the top Sadie amily makes some really good wine, as does the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic South Africa must try wines


  • Sirs, May you introduce me to a company that exports South African wines? My e-mail address is scmsprl@yahoo.fr Thanks, Constant Bopima M. Bokoto

    Comment by 1111044Bob Moelo 1111044 Bob Moelo


  • I am a South African, Capetonian, from Somerset West, right in the heart of the wine region. My heart misses home every day, but thankfully, being able to enjoy South African wine, especially reds, where one can taste South Africa in the terroir, helps me get through each day.

    Comment by 750105nikkibean 750105 nikkibean


  • "Late Harvest" was my favourite wine in the mid 80's when I lived in Zimbabwe, now I'd like to explore the South African reds and introduce them to my corporate wine events in the Silicone Valley. Peter M -Clubspot Bev (San Jose, Calif)

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