Stellenbosch Wine

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Stellenbosch is located within the Coastal Region in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It is perhaps the most prestigious of the country’s wine regions. 
 
The area is named for the town that was settled in the mid 1670s with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company. The French Huguenots soon came to the region and planted vineyards. By the time the British controlled South Africa in the 1800s, this fledgling wine industry was beginning to boom. The British were pleased to have a source of good wine at a time their on-again-off-again relationship with France was on a downswing. But Britain and France kissed and made up again, and then Phylloxera struck by the end of the century. This double-whammy put a cork in the works for a long while. 
 
The University of Stellenbosch and its wine education program was established in 1918. In 1925, Dr. William Charles Winshaw established the Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery (SFW) association to promote Read more »

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Stellenbosch View all

  • Ken Forrester

    Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous ...

  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate

    For 315 years Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. Through ce...

  • Slaley Estate Wine

    The origin of the name Slaley cannot be understood without reference to the Hunting Family. Char...

  • Kanonkop Estate

    Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of ...

  • Warwick Wine Estate

    Warwick wine estate was known as the farm ‘Good Success’ from 1791 until 1902. After the Anglo...

  • Robertson Winery

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

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Pinotage 21 Gables Spier Stellenbosch 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Brampton Shiraz 2008

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    Wine review by carden911


  • Mooiplaas Chenin Blanc Bush Vines Stellenbosch 2015

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  • Kanonkop Estate Wine Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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  • Muratie Wine Estate Port Blend Stellenbosch Cape Vintage 2014

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    Appearances of black cherry coloration with hints of residue around the rim of my port glass...nice legs that dribble down the side of the inside of the glass. Aromas of licorice, oaked dark fruit, slight booze, Earthy berry tones and a mild lingering finish of mulberry, cranberry and dark cherries. Flavors that follow suit, with blackberry, b... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Kindred a Family Made Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Boutinot 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2008

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  • Xavier Flouret Fynbos Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016

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    Clean and clear aromas of light peach, melon and steely lime. This has a pleasant creaminess to it with a honeyed note of pear, apple and peach with cool, lime zest and butter notes towards the long finish of aged cheese rind and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016

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    Pear, green apple and melon aromas are nicely and expressively fruity. This has an initial earthy oak note and releases more fruit flavors of pear, golden berries and lime towards the finish where this turns slightly creamy and cool with a flash of apricot. Read More

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  • Demorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Fresh apricot, apple and soft melon aromas. Buttery and creamy textured on entry, this has a pleasant lemon palate and medium-full body, finishing a bit herbal. Read More

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  • Stellenbosch-really a destination all on its own.Too much to see and taste .A few names, but many others are gems too: Amani,Graff Delaire,Fort Simon,Hartenberg, Meerlust,Mooiplaas,Muratie,Rust en Vrede,Rustenberg, StellenRust... Scenic,historical,lively,contemporary...

    Comment by 86215dickjan 86215 dickjan


  • Suggestions Please, I am travelling to South Africa next month and would appreciate suggestions of which wineries to visit in the Stellenbosch area. Thank you!

    Comment by 727130kristinek 727130 kristinek


  • Fantastic place to visit and drink wine..the best.

    Comment by 592911Bruno Nobre 592911 Bruno Nobre


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