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

  • 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...

  • Pinotage

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

  • 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 ...

  • Spier Cellars

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

  • Nederburg

    Nederburg is South Africa's favourite name in wine, loved for a delicious combination of fruit an...

  • Neil Ellis Wines

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

  • Robertson Winery

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

  • Tall Horse

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

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Delaire Botmaskop 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ravel541


  • 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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    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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    Wine review by jxsummer


  • I'm South African and I live in the us so.... I guess I am a true african-american

    Comment by 540431jojk 540431 jojk


  • I love South Africa, and South African wines!

    Comment by 506765Spier 506765 Spier


  • You can find some of the best wines in South africa. From Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cab Sav to wonderful Noble Late Harvest. When visiting South Africa make sure you visit the Western Cape and look out for Durbanville Hills, Creation, Hamilton Russel and lots more!

    Comment by 495455hetta 495455 hetta


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  • I went last year, MRGTO, had a superb wine-focused tour. Some photos on flickr if you are interested http://www.flickr.com/photos/scribbler/sets/72157615370219709/

    Comment by 71518winescribbler 71518 winescribbler


  • My wife, I and two friends went to South Africa in Dec.2008 and had a wonderful time. I highly recommend it.

    Comment by 128780mrgto 128780 mrgto


  • South Africa has, without doubt, the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. There are so, so many stunning wines in South Africa, and so many more to taste! My husband and I are huge fans....the country found us. If you are travelling there, take time to get off the beaten path and enjoy the flavors, beautiful views, and clean air of the co...

    Comment by 384611Mosaic Farm 384611 Mosaic Farm


  • Having just joined Snooth I hope the information that gets shared is more accurate than the positioning of South Africa on the Map section. I know Aussies have ideas above their station, but I'm sure not even they would say South Africa would fit neatly into Sydney Harbour. Look forward to "meeting" some kindred spirits.

    Comment by 364639Proteas 364639 Proteas


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