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 »

Mentor for South African Wines

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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

  • Pinotage

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Obikwa

    A South African Winery specializing in classic South African grape varieties such as Sauvignon ...

  • Fleur du Cap

    Fleur du Cap - one of South Africa's premier and best-known wines — is one of the flagships of th...

  • Jam Jar

    Jam Jar was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consu...

  • 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...

  • Rupert & Rothschild

    At the foot of the spectacular Simonsberg mountain in the Franschhock Valley lies the historic Fr...

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South Africa on Snooth

  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014

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    Tending toward old world style with nice acidity and biting tannins. Not really impressed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Robertson Winery Natural Sweet

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    Awesome sweet taste and yes hard to find on East Coast Read More

    Wine review by cubil


  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Remhoogte Red Blend Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Estate Wine 2007

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    Colour 4/5Nose 5/5Palate 4/5Aftertaste 5/5I was pleasantly surprised to find that the palate still had quite a bit of tannins, indicating that it could age further, but I fear it won't remain well balanced for more than another year. A solid, almost chewy wine with almost every varietal's characteristics still evident. I'm honestly impressed. Read More

    Wine review by trapsuutjies


  • Carmen Stevens' Angels Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Warwick Estates the First Lady 2011

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    Binny's 4/2015. Okay, usually a Cab from SA is a real value. This bottle, not so much, I got what I paid for, mediocre. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Thanks for the welcome!It has long been the case that South African wines are poorly represented internationally, so I'll do my part to drink as much as humanly possible and keep everyone updated with my notes ;)The Cape Winemakers Guild has regulated the entire winemaking industry in South Africa to such an extent that it is very difficult to f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • La Couronne Merlot 2013

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    Very dark, rich colour 4/5Simple but appealing nose 3/5Soft, sweet entry with slightly tannic taste 3/5Full,rich aftertaste 4/5 Read More

    Wine review by trapsuutjies


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  • Rib Shack 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by gman30341


  • 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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