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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Meerlust

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

  • 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...

  • Robertson Winery

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

  • Juno Wines Company

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

  • Rupert & Rothschild

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

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Radford Dale Pinotage Frankenstein 2014

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    Minerally tar notes with a bit of cherry in the glass. Tart and spicy in the mouth, with floral notes and a continuation of the tar note and a finish that has a tannic chew. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014

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    White pepper and melon aromas coming from the glass. A bit soft on entry with notes of delicate peach and melon, pear and lemon. Nicely complex and sharp towards the finish, with classic funk like a perfectly aged cheese and a delicate warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... ... but not huge names. South Africa's MAN makes a really good Chenin Blanc that runs under $10. Austrian Gruner Veltliner is great with seafood or salads and sells for about $12-14 for a LITER.  (The top ones can run a lot more, and are much better, but even cheap ... Read More

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  • How come anti-French, Joe? That takes away several good options. How about ... ... ... America and Australia or South Afric Read More

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  • We produce real and fake passports,drivers licenses,ID cards,birth ... Netherlands,South Africa,Spain,United Kingdom. This list is not full.EMAIL…………….;williamsjohnson790@gmail.com-IDs Scan-yes-HOLOGRAMS: IDENTICAL-BARCODES: IDS SCAN-UV: YESContact EMAIL…………….;williamsjohnson790@gmail.comwilliamsjohnson790@gmail.comGENERAL SUPPORT……………williamsj... Read More

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  • "In addition to California examples you should be able to find Sauvignon ... hit and miss. All the while South Africa was quietly growing and vinifying some decent SB (and chenin blanc, also from the Loire in France, also done hit and miss in CA, mostly miss), usually with pretty good value. Then came New Zealand SBs, with storm and fury and s... Read More

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  • Beyond Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Yes, welcome to the forum Estella.  Many of us have enjoyed Ridge wines, ... - the 2011 Nobel Hill from South Africa and Sandra's favorite was the 2009 Bordeaux blend - and note that she also had a 2010 Octagon wine (from Virginia) in her flight too.  So overall we had a great time.  The temperature was not bad for a January in the district (a... Read More

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  • When I first encountered 'Kalimotxo' I joked with my companions that it ... for short. In Mozambique and South Africa it is known as Catemba, and in Germany it is sometimes called Kalte Muschi (cold pussy) or Korea. &nbs Read More

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  • Kanonkop Estate Wine Pinotage Simonsberg Stellenbosch 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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