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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • Ken Forrester

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

  • Longridge

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  • Dellrust Wine Estate

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  • Mulderbosch Vineyards

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  • Morgenster Estate

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  • Meerlust

    Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myb...

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