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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
    De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Paul Sauer Red Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2021
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • The Winery of Good Hope Full Berry Pinotage 2020  Front Label
      The Winery of Good Hope Full Berry Pinotage 2020
      Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
      Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2020
      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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      • Rustenberg John X Merriman 2019  Front Label
        Rustenberg John X Merriman 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
        • JS92
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      • Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2020  Front Label
        Boschendal The Rose Garden Rose 2020
        Rosé from South Africa
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        • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2020  Front Label
          Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2020
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
            Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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            • Graham Beck Bliss Nectar  Front Label
              Graham Beck Bliss Nectar
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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              • Raats Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
                Raats Cabernet Franc 2017
                Cabernet Franc from South Africa
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              • Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique  Front Label
                Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique
                Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
                • D90
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              • Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2019
                Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
                Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2021
                Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                  Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                  Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                    Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Indaba Chenin Blanc 2020
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2020  Front Label
                        MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2020
                        Pinotage from South Africa
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                        • Jam Jar Sweet White 2021  Front Label
                          Jam Jar Sweet White 2021
                          Other White Blends from South Africa
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                          • Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                            Warwick Estate The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                            Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                            • Lievland Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Lievland Chenin Blanc 2020
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2018  Front Label
                                Tokara Director's Reserve White 2018
                                Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                • Excelsior Syrah 2020  Front Label
                                  Excelsior Syrah 2020
                                  Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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                                  • Radley & Finch Flyin' French Cabernet Sauvignon 2021  Front Label
                                    Radley & Finch Flyin' French Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
                                    Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                                    • Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
                                      Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
                                      Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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