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...

  • 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...

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  • Longridge

    Whenever there's a moment worth celebrating, there's Longridge. Prized wine estate, deliciously...

  • Beyerskloof

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

  • Morgenhof Estate

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

  • Dellrust Wine Estate

    Lower-Rustenburg, home to Dellrust wines, is a historical farm in the Stellenbosch Helderberg are...

  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate

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

  • Ken Forrester

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

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Stellenrust Timeless 2010

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    Dark cherry and hints of dark chocolate. Rather smoky though so might not be for all palates... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Waterkloof Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2014

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    Pleasant minerality with light notes of lemon and peach on the nose. A bit more green apple and pear coming through on the palate and some toasted almond towards the finish. There's a warm sweet spice coming through the fullness of the palate here and ending with some baked apple and honeysuckle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 5/2016. 6 vintages later and this is still an excellent value. Mary consumed most of this bottle over three evening dinners. I helped on the second night, and thought it was real tasty. What? You wanted me to tell you it had hints of a two day old apricot pit on the nose? I didn't think so. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve Old Vine 2014

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    Fruit on the nose. Melon, white peaches and mineral comes through on the palate. The oak is noticeable but delicate on the finish accompanied by tart citrus notes. This is a beautiful wine that pairs well with savory dishes. Read More

    Wine review by ThirstyWineWriter


  • Ken Forrester Renegade Stellenbosch 2011

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    Pleasant tarry minerality with blackberry and bramble fruit notes and some dusty earth on the nose. A bit thin on entry but filling in through the mid palate with strong notes of blackberry and black currant, chewy tannins and a hint of coffee on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rustenberg John X Merriman Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2011

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    A bit of heat and bright red fruit coming on the nose. Classic Bordeaux blend comes with full acidity and chewy tannins. On the fruitier side of things and definitely full in the glass, but still touching on an herbal note towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2010

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    Dark plum and black currant with tobacco leaf on the nose with some floral violet notes. Thick rich and juicy in the mouth, this has a lot of character and confidence, somewhat restrained while still demonstrating a rich chocolate, black currant and plum palate. There's good structure here as well and a nicely herbal finish that turns zesty amon... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Radford Dale Pinotage Frankenstein 2014

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    Minerally tar notes with a bit of cherry in the glass. Tart and spicy in the mouth, with floral notes and a continuation of the tar note and a finish that has a tannic chew. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kanonkop Estate Wine Pinotage Simonsberg Stellenbosch 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Robertson Winery Natural Sweet

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    Awesome sweet taste and yes hard to find on East Coast Read More

    Wine review by cubil


  • 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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