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...

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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...

  • Spier Cellars

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

  • Nederburg

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

  • Obikwa

    A South African Winery specializing in classic South African grape varieties such as Sauvignon ...

  • Juno Wines Company

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

  • Tall Horse

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

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South Africa on Snooth

  • Kleine Zalze Foot of Africa Chenin Blanc South Africa 2009

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    Wine review by mark


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  • Goats Do Roam Red 2013

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    Interesting South African blend and reasonably priced. Fruit forward with ripe raspberry, lots of spice, and smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Goats Do Roam Red 2013

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    Ripe red berries, lots of spice, and smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Zinmaniac


  • Skoonuitsig Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by Xeeran


  • Indaba Mosaic 2013

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    65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Jammy black currant and black cherry fruits greet the nose wrapped in a thin veil of spicy oak and with some inky, violet tinged top notes. Smooth on entry then this turns slightly angular in the mouth with attractive open and clear fruit that has a very subtle bit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Indaba Mosaic 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Beach House Sauv Blanc 2013

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    It is a great summer wine very light and not to sweet. Read More

    Wine review by misenberg55


  • Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    A bit simple but intense on the nose with a one-two punch of cut grass and gooseberries. Simple on the palate as well though crisp and juicy with lovely if delicate fruit that shows flashes of golden raspberries surrounding gooseberry and grapefruit pith flavors. Finishing with a nice bracing edge and good length this is a bit small scaled by ve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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