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The Western Cape province in South Africa accounts for the majority of the wines produced in the country. The growing conditions and terroirs are varied in this vast region, making it conducive to many varietal possibilities and production styles. Due to considerable international influences, this is a place where Old and New World methods converge. 
 
Pinotage is the national grape, and is cultivated along with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Chenin Blanc is the most popular white grape along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. And as more international interest is taken in establishing vineyards, so to is the expansion of varietal possibilities. 
 
The subregions of the Western Cape are:
 
*Breede River Valley (includes Robertson)
*Cape Agulhas
*Coastal Region (includes Stellenbosch and Paarl)
*Klein Karoo
*Olifants River
*Overberg
*Ruiterbosch
*Walker Bay
 
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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

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  • Cru Wines

    Founded in 2003, Mariposa Wine Company is a portfolio of handcrafted artisan style wines that emb...

  • Sebeka

    South African culture is deeply rooted in tradition and is powerfully bonded to the land. With sw...

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  • Protea Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rib Shack 2011

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    Wine review by gman30341


  • Stellar Winery 'Live a Little' Really Ravishing Red NV

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    South African wine is always an experience. I got licorice...overwhelmingly. This did not diminish until day 4 in the fridge. Screw top enclosure. I would have tossed this had I not looked at the region. That explains some of its uniqueness. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Arabella Chenin Blanc 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Du Toitskloof Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2014

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Arabella Shiraz Western Cape South Africa 2014

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    A Naked Wines selection - the 2013 was recommended by 'the Reverse Wine Snob'Very, very easy drinking, an everyday, dependable, but not terribly complex Shiraz. Opens with notes and scents of ripe plum and cherry and quickly goes to oak/chocolate/mocha/leather - seemed almost a big Pinot Noir rather than a Shiraz, but there is enough spice and p... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Goats Do Roam Red 2013

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    Interesting South African blend and reasonably priced. Fruit forward with ripe raspberry, lots of spice, and smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


  • Goats Do Roam Red 2013

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    Ripe red berries, lots of spice, and smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Zinmaniac


  • Skoonuitsig Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by Xeeran


  • We just had a very smooth Cab @ a local restaurant. It was a 2009 Western Cape South Africa.Any more info?

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  • Very underrated abd under sold. Some great volue wines coming out of this area. One just has to look for the smaller brands that are doing well.

    Comment by 385418Jeremy7941 385418 Jeremy7941


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