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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Nederburg

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

  • Rupert & Rothschild

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

  • Boland Kelder

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

  • Spier Cellars

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

  • 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...

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  • Scali Syrah 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by brent5

  • Obikwa Shiraz Stellenbosch 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by ce

  • Kumala Pinotage Blend 2003


    I'm not a wine excuse my lack of lingo or proper protocols. This is a light to medium blended red. The first sniff soft berry, raisin with a touch of floral (lavender is my best guess). Taste is fruity - blackberry, plum and a touch of amber/leather all come through.Overall this wine is a nice drinking wine - the kind of bottle t... Read More

    Wine review by thatrenee

  • Man Vintners Pinotage 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by sailorgrl21

  • Hippo Creek Sauvignon Blanc NV


    We had copious amounts of Hippo Creek product in Botswana and loved it. We enjoyed it so much, I hear they still refer to us as the 'four bottles' guys... Read More

    Wine review by benjaminmoore

  • Excelsior Chardonnay 2007


    nice bright acidity. this can be paired with shrimp cocktail or just quaffed. it's got the zest that seems like sparkling but it ain't. killer. and at $8 it's a steal. definitely on the sweet side. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Jordan Winery Jardin Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    Peppery and spicy nose. Very mineral with a stony flavored tart finish. Good acidity, rather crisp. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Diemersdal Shiraz Durbanville 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Meerlust Rubicon Red Cabernet Sauvingnon 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by serraherndon

  • 04 Columella Palladius 2004


    It's real big and complex. One taste was definitely not enough. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

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