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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Stellenbosch View all

  • Slaley Estate Wine

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

  • Dellrust Wine Estate

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

  • Neethlingshof

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

  • Morgenster Estate

    The 300-year-old wine estate was once part of the thriving farm, Vergelegen, owned by Cape Gov...

  • Longridge

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

  • Warwick Wine Estate

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

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Rustenberg Established Red 2012

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    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


  • Raats Red Jasper 2011

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    55% Cabernet Franc, 28% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit VerdotAt first theres a note of creamy milk chocolate here on the nose but that is quickly replaced by rich tobacco, herb, and slightly weedy edged dark cherry fruit that is nicely framed with gentle cedar and creamy oak nuance. Lighter bodied and bright on entry with terrific acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Glenelly Grand Vin de Glenelly Stellenbosch 2008

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    40% Shiraz, 39% cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 7% MerlotNot your fruit driven wine, this smells of smoldering orchard clipping, composting grass and under-ripe berry fruit all topped with ample crushed pepper aromas and a core of black currant fruit that gains in depth and intensity with air. It may not appeal to some people but it is int... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rustenberg Peter Barlow Stellenbosch 2006

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    Leafy, rich and earthy on the nose with gentle shadings of fading oak laying under smoky blackberry fruit, framed with gentle mushroom notes. Smooth, medium full bodied and a little spicy in the mouth with a fine base of softened tannins supporting complex earth and tea inflected black currant fruit. This remains youthful, if showing the early s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graham Beck the Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Smooth, elegant, rich, velvet....I thoroughly enjoy this wine! Read More

    Wine review by Ann


  • Robertson Winery Natural Sweet

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    How dan I buy it in the Netherlands. Read More

    Wine review by rroobin


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Petit 2012

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Consumed by Rebecca Powers and Jenny Kline at Joyce Gilmore's 65th. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch the Mint 2008

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    Sounds like an good easy wine to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Karmyk


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