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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Stellenbosch View all

  • Morgenhof Estate

    The illustrious Morgenhof Wine Estate is situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains outsi...

  • Boschkloof

    Boschkloof is a small family winery in the Stellenbosch valley of South Africa. The winemaker Jac...

  • Delaire

    Delaire's unique location on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass is noted for its...

  • Beyerskloof

    In 1988 one of the Cape's most foremost wine makers, Beyers Truter of Kanonkop Estate formed a pa...

  • Warwick Wine Estate

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

  • Stellekaya Winery

    Stellekaya is a privately owned boutique wine producer situated in the heart of the Cape Wineland...

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Reyneke Cornerstone 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rose Stellenbosch South Africa 2013

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    Well, it smells alot like pinotage with hints of bananas and rubber rands on the nose along with some old watermelon and spicy red fruit. Soft in the mouth with red fruit and banana notes, this is kind of nicely textured, showing a gentle brightness and supple texture, but the flavor profile may be off-putting to some. Not bad, just bordering on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2013

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    All cabernet all the time here with great complexity to the herbaceous aromas of cut grass, dried herbs and bell peppers that are layered over a base of red fruit. Supple and fairly full in the mouth, theres a hint of sweetness here that is well balanced by the solid acidity, yielding a moderately large scaled rose with relatively dark berry fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mulderbosch Rose 2013

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    Salmon color. Raspberry, some strawberry and a bit of watermelon on the nose. These fruits are way in the background when this wine hits the palate. Overall, a fairly dry rose with a short finish. Well made and perfect for summer indulgence. Enjoy drinking it alone or with light foods. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • Demorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Intensely aromatic this is both floral and herbal at the same time with lots of almost medicinal fennel seed and coriander notes layered under white flowers and polleny notes. Theres some oak here and that adds to the spiciness of the nose and help to frame the core of apple and quince fruit that wrapped in dusty nuance. Faintly sweet on entry, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and austere on entry, this has real nervous energy on the palate as it opens with dried citrus peel, melon and tart apple flavors. Its a restrained, almost elegant, if not for its intens... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • De Morgenzon Dmz Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Complex aromas of wildflowers, cut grass, tangerine, fig, white pepper and melon slowly and subtly fill the glass. A moderately large scaled wine, theres a terrific vein of acidity driving this across the palate. the flavors show early flashes of fig and melon before they are joined by subtle herbal element and a nice base of tangerine/tangelo t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rustenberg Established Red 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Mullineux White Blend 2011

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Protea Red Blend 2011

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    65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% ShirazThe label, all very well designed one would think, directs you to find blackberry, espresso and spice in this wine. I certainly find the spice on the nose, but more weedy herbal character and black currant fruit than blackberry or espresso. Its a gentle nose, Cabernet driven though creamy and slightly... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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