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

  • Pinotage

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards

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

  • Boland Kelder

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

  • Jam Jar

    Jam Jar was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consu...

  • Robertson Winery

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

  • Meerlust

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

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... LaLas.I'd also consider South Africa. If you're willing to spring for that Unico's tariff, then might as well get a Klein Constancia Vin de Constance. That will certainly be memorable. Plenty of reds from the likes of Meerlust, Vergelegen, Rustenberg and Rust en ... Read More

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  • The Oak Valley Blend Elgin 2011

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    intense cherry fruits with coffee hints and some spices, structured and complex Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Meerestein Swartland South Africa Chenin Blanc 2016

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    very wonderful homey, ancient, placate-able & tender to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Mullineux White Blend 2014

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    Lightly oaked and lightly floral aromas of white blossom, white peach, green apple and lemon. With a touch of sweet fruit on the approach, this settles into an oaky, herbal and citrus noted blend of lemon, tangerine, honeyed melon and green apple with a wooded finish and tart acidity throughout.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kanu White Blend Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest 2006

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    sweet, yet refreshing enough Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. ... whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz and SE Asia have found a number of Aussie and Kiwi chards and dry semillons (and sparklings) to work. Sake works just fine, too.Plenty of other options, I'm sure, but these are what I've consumed the most with the b... Read More

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  • Arabella Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. Clear Silver Gold in the glass. Opens with a lemon vanilla with a bit of underripe Cherry; then a buttery yeast, then more vanilla oak and lemon. Nice bit of acid with lemon and lemon grass, slate and mineral. As it sits still remains crisp, but loses some of the lemon and takes on more vanilla oak. Nicely b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Sequillo Eben Sadie Swartland 2012

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    This really benefited from a couple of years in the cellar. It is now a fully melded wined wine layers of red fruit, flowers, A stony minerality, spice with mild tannins and well balanced acidity. Just goes to show the character of winemaker Eben Sadie. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Glen Carlou Petit Verdot/Tannat 2013

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    Had this with dinner last evening. Very Soft with well-balanced Tannins and Acidity. Earthy and black fruit preserves along oak, cocoa and coffee beans. Quite pleasant and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ruca Malen Yauquen Malbec 2014

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    Violet and plum notes with soft red fruit aromas of raspberry and cherry, earth and a touch of herb. Pleasant and earthy red fruit palate with a good dose of acidity balanced well by silky tannins and a cherry, mixed berry palate, cinnamon and a touch of smoke on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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