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...

  • Pinotage

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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

  • Juno Wines Company

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

  • Boland Kelder

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

  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards

    Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the clo...

  • Meerlust

    Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myb...

  • 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 ...

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Sebeka Shiraz 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by GregBurnison

  • Graham Beck Brut Rose Methode Cap Classique 2005


    Brutal reviews all round... Part of a 6 wine blind tasting, this fared the worst...High acidity is the best thing I can say about it. The nose was of blue cheese and it was so funky I claimed it was corked or some other fault, however, sadly we came to the conclusion that it might just be past its prime. Shame. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Graham Beck Brut Rose Methode Cap Classique 2005


    Orange, peachy color, not bad on the eyes. The taste, on the other I supposed to drink it or kill cockroaches with it? Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Tukulu Pinotage Groenekloof 1999


    Perfect to drink right now (Oct 2008). Give it a good 10 to 15 minutes to breathe. Incredible flavour with a soft and delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Tafel

  • Two Oceans Chardonnay Blend Sémillon Chardonnay 2006


    smooth wine, great colour and smooth finish make this wine suitable for all occasions Read More

    Wine review by Hanzi

  • Man Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by saxhaus4

  • Scali Syrah 2003


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    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

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