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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
*Walker Bay
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Pinotage

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Sebeka

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

  • Jam Jar

    Jam Jar was born out of the realization that there are not a lot of options available to consu...

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  • Indaba Chardonnay 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista

  • Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap White 2012


    2011 was off the charts. 2012 is forgettable. When I first tasted the 2011 vintage with its superb blend of fruitiness and earthy mourvedre, it immediately became one of my favorites. What a difference a year makes. The 2012 version is sharp, aggressive and unpalatable. Read More

    Wine review by John Othniel

  • Makulu Moscato 2007


    My wife absolutely loves this wine, but the one store we could buy it has closed it out. We live in GA and can't even find it online. Any help would be appreciated... Read More

    Wine review by mediaman55

  • Man Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by jd98

  • Sebeka Shiraz Blend Shiraz Pinotage Cape Blend 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Kasios Prime

  • Man Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    ruby color....earthy, rich red fruit with hints of oak...moderate finish Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Goats du Roam Rose -South Africa 2010


    Ruby red color. Nose of licorice and tobacco. Smooth full bodied with spicy after notes . A nice wine. Good with full bodied foods. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    Decent little sauvignon blanc. Some grapefruit and lemon with a decent bite of citrus. Not overly complex but a good mid week summer drinker. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Pinnacle Gin 2010


    Impressive gin for the price. Nice aroma of juniper, balanced with citrus in a drink. I figured they make good flavored vodkas so the gin should be pretty good too and it is a great value. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Bob's Pinotage 2011


    Plenty sour at first - it definitely tastes young. I proably would have skipped it but a wine clerk told me that once a wine is on its shelves, it is ready to be drunk. Citrus tartness, lightly smoked tannins, a little grape juice, and a couple of orange blossoms. Pretty well put together. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

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