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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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  • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
    • D91
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  • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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    • Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
      Radley & Finch Viking Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021
      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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        • Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
          Neil Ellis Sincerely Sauvignon Blanc 2020
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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          • Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2022  Front Label
            Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2022
            Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
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            • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
              Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2021
              Sauvignon Blanc 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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                • Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                  Downes Family Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
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                  • Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                    Tokara Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                      Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
                        Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2020
                        Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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