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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Varietals Produced in South Africa View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Obikwa

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

  • 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 ...

  • Robertson Winery

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

  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company

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

  • 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

  • Vergenoegd Port Blend Stellenbosch Old Cape Colony Port 2001


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    Wine review by lrossouw

  • I have a bottle of 1979 KWV Roodeberg that I'm selling for R300 , strictly for ... in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Afric Read More

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  • Vergelegen Shiraz 2004


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    Wine review by tradeup

  • Wine flights for this blind tasting.Flight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 ... ... Riserva, and Wines from South Africa and Australia! If you are interested in participating in the next Snooth Panel Tasting please shoot me an email or check out the Events page on the Snooth forum. Until next time!Gregory Dal Piaz is the Community Manager at... Read More

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  • Graham Beck Pinotage Pinno 2006


    Pale garnet. Medium nose of red fruit, baked fruit. Some green smells. Dry with low-medium acid, light body. Slightly oxidised red fruit flavours. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Graham Beck Rhona Muscadelle 2002


    Lemon-gold colour. Figs and marmalade on the nose with some acetone notes. Good acidity and full body with marmalade flavours on the palate. Good length. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Viñedo de Los Vientos Tannat Atlàntida 2006


    A very tannic wine (surprise!) thats still tight and closed. Its pretty inexpensive, so I'm not sure how it will age. Rather earthy, and fairly simple, but ok. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Glen Carlou Syrah 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by dlight

  • Kloovenburg Cabernet Sauvignon Swartland 2005


    Dark purple. Medium-pronounced nose, green pepper, soap. Almost off-dry palate, medium tannin, medium-full body. Cassis, vegetal, oak. Good length. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Perdeberg Winery Saam Mountain Chenin Blanc 2007


    Clear, pale lemon colour. Clean, light, floral nose of yeast, asparagus, cream, vanilla. Off-dry palate with low-medium acid, light body. Floral and citrus notes. Alcohol at 13.5% is a bit overwhelming. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

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