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

  • Neil Ellis Wines

    Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards we ...

  • Fleur du Cap

    Fleur du Cap - one of South Africa's premier and best-known wines — is one of the flagships of th...

  • Rupert & Rothschild

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

  • Meerlust

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

  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company

    Goats do Roam is a South African wine company, based in the Paarl region of the Cape winelands...

  • Jam Jar

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

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Klein Constantia Estate Red 2012

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    Had this with dinner at Mercat Bistro.Well balanced medium body blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot & Malbec, Smooth with the earthiness and spice of the Malbec. Nice value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

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  • Groot Constantia Shiraz 2003

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    Wine review by MRSBCO


  • I would have served a Burgundy with venison but who am I to criticise Her ... ... ... is a sweet Muscat from South Africa that probably came out with the chocolate deser Read More

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  • Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Carmen Stevens Angel's Reserve Shiraz 2013

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Fairvalley Pinotage 2012

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    Jammy shiraz-like rich medium bodied red a lot of dark fruit blackberry and boysenberry I sell it for under $10 great value for Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


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  • Interesting article JD but I'm not sure he doesn't jump to conclusions ... ... drafted by the ANC in South Africa. And as the paper points out, it's pretty difficult for the US to come to any conclusion these days anyway.And then the computers that we all love so much require rare earth metals that have to be mined somewhere . . .Still it was... Read More

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  • Boekenhoutskloof the Wolftrap 2014

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    Wine review by jillpickle


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