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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Rupert & Rothschild

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • De Wetshof "Limestone Hill Unoaked" Chardonnay Robertson 2015

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    Though I'm not a true "un-oaked" chard lover - I do like good wine and this is good wine. It comes straight at with green apples leading way, Orchard blossom, wet stone minerals and citrus fruit solidly back this up - if it had a longer this would be an 89/90. Drink now - it's worth it. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I like wine from South Africa. If any of you need help with bad reputation on Google im your guy. Form more info visit my website http://adamwiberg.se/rykteshantering/ Read More

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  • Southern Right Pilotage 2014

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    This is the 2014 Hemel-En-Barde valley I found this wine to be smooth with dark fruit flavored. Nothing overpowering and finish was smooth and tasty.I would buy again for under $20 Read More

    Wine review by ted5


  • Seven Sisters Pinotage Shiraz 2012

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    Made by a group of sisters of color from South Africa this wine was one of the first made by black South Africans to be marketed in the US by a African American female. Great example of the native Pinotage varietal. Bold and flavorful. Great with meat. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Tormentoso Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • A tasty Zinfandel is always welcome in our house.  We recently enjoyed a ... ... I tried a red blend from South Africa and Sandra enjoyed the Malbec-Syrah blend from Mendoza.  Following dinner we walked over to the Phillips Museum to hear Sayaka Shoji perform on the violin with piano accompaniment by Ryo Yanagitani.  Wonderful performance - al... Read More

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  • Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage 2011

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    Juicy with lots of flavour Read More

    Wine review by Yello5


  • Pearly Bay Celebration Sparkling NV

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    Wine review by mootz


  • Silvermist Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    The most delicious wine I've tasted in South Africa... High Recommended!!! Read More

    Wine review by Silvermist Vineyards


  • Silvermist Organic Shiraz 2014

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    Highly Recommended :) Read More

    Wine review by Silvermist Vineyards


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