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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Varietals Produced in Stellenbosch 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...

Popular Wineries in Stellenbosch View all

  • Beyerskloof

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

  • Stellekaya Winery

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

  • Neil Ellis Wines

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

  • Neethlingshof

    A unique, kilometer long pine avenue, highly visible as you approach Neethlingshof Estate, and re...

  • Robertson Winery

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

  • Clos Malverne

    Seymour Pritchard bought the 10-hectare farm Malvern Heights in 1969 from Colonel JW Billingham, ...

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Remhoogte Red Blend Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Estate Wine 2007

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    Colour 4/5Nose 5/5Palate 4/5Aftertaste 5/5I was pleasantly surprised to find that the palate still had quite a bit of tannins, indicating that it could age further, but I fear it won't remain well balanced for more than another year. A solid, almost chewy wine with almost every varietal's characteristics still evident. I'm honestly impressed. Read More

    Wine review by trapsuutjies


  • Warwick Estates the First Lady 2011

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    Binny's 4/2015. Okay, usually a Cab from SA is a real value. This bottle, not so much, I got what I paid for, mediocre. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Spier Merlot Pvt Collection 2002

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    nice Read More

    Wine review by SCM42


  • Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Stellenrust 45 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011

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    (Past tasting 23 Feb 2013)Like the citrousy yet herby taste - good balance! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Reyneke Cornerstone 2011

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    No written review

    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


  • Kanonkop Kadette Dry Pinotage Rose Stellenbosch South Africa 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • 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


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