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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Wisequeen Donna Jackson

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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Spier Cellars

    THE SPIER EXPERIENCE Spier is one of the Stellenbosch winelands’ most celebrated destinations. T...

  • Boland Kelder

    Situated in the picturesque Paarl Valley, Boland Cellar has much to boast about. Nominated as one...

  • Juno Wines Company

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

  • Rupert & Rothschild

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

  • Tall Horse

    Tall Horse is a winery in the Western Cape, at the tip of South Africa, named for the nickname ...

  • Fleur du Cap

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

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Carmen Stevens Angel's Reserve Shiraz 2013 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


  • 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


  • Café,My buddy I drink wine with has been to South Africa and he said the best South Africa stuff seldom gets to North America.  I'll talk to him this evening and see if I can give you any must see wineries. Read More

    Forum post in the topic South Africa must try wines


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Cafe.  Sadly, I do not have any advice for ... ... nonzero) experience with South African wines, I plead ignorance.  However, I do hope that you return here after your trip and give us a report.&nbs Read More

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  • Hello All,I'm off for a first ever trip to South Africa, spending next Monday and Tuesday (2nd & 3rd) touring wineries from a base in Wellington (we are going to Mullineaux, but couldn't get into see Eben Sadie as no visitors are allowed during harvest, which is a shame, but understandable. We then move on to Cape Town for six days.cà phê linh c... Read More

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  • Excelsior Syrah 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by alex7ktrc


  • 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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