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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Spier Cellars

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

  • Tall Horse

    Tall Horse is a winery in the Western Cape, at the tip of South Africa, named for the nickname ...

  • Nederburg

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

  • 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

  • Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    An amazingly clean and crisp white wine. It is light and great during the day particularly in the Summer. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Cape Heights-limited Release-pinotage-red Wine-2007-case 6x75cl Boutinot


    Lovely nose. Likely better with food. Peppery. Dry. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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  • Boukenhootskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2013


    Bright, effusive even on the nose with sweetly candied violet and sour plum aromas along with gamy hints of leather and a suggestion of ginger and spicy mushroom. A touch low in acid in the mouth, this is a little rough around the edges with fresh tannins adding some textural detail. the flavors are a touch cooked with jammy black cherry notes ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Boukenhootskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Blanc de Mer Overberg 2010


    Interesting South African white blend of Rhine Rheisling, Viognier, Sauv Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chard. Mineral, saline, lemon drop, slight ginger bite, decent acidity and a medium finish. Nice change of pace. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • The only purely Gallo wine I ever truly liked was their 'Hearty ... twice ... twice as much as there is in South Africa. But if you consider that not all of it is exported, and of that, not all of it would be exported to the US, it helps explain why it's not so easy to find Malbec from Chile. They do make it though.As far as Merlot from Austra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Sparkling Steen By Robert Christopher 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by amina316

  • Chaza Moscato NV


    Best Moscato I've tried. Read More

    Wine review by cpanthersfn

  • Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Durbanville 2013


    Light, fresh, and floral. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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