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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.

Coming Soon: Regions Map. This is not a final layout.
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        • The Winery of Good Hope Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
          The Winery of Good Hope Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2021
          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
          • WW89
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        • Radley & Finch Lazy Hare Shiraz 2020  Front Label
          Radley & Finch Lazy Hare Shiraz 2020
          Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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        • Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
          Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2020
          Pinot Noir from Elgin, South Africa
            4.9 22 Ratings
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          • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
            • D93
            • V91
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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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            • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
              Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021
              Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, South Africa
              • D91
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            • Rib Shack Red Blend 2020  Front Label
              Rib Shack Red Blend 2020
              Other Red Blends from South Africa
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              • Radley & Finch Rose 2021  Front Label
                Radley & Finch Rose 2021
                Rosé from South Africa
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                • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018  Front Label
                  Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2018
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                  • JS92
                  • WS90
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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
                    4.4 37 Ratings
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                  • Botanica Wines Big Flower Cabernet Franc 2020  Front Label
                    Botanica Wines Big Flower Cabernet Franc 2020
                    Cabernet Franc from South Africa
                      4.6 40 Ratings
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                    • Lievland Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                      Lievland Chenin Blanc 2020
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
                        4.2 6 Ratings
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                      • De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                        De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2020
                        Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
                          4.1 5 Ratings
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                        • Radley & Finch The Profs Pinotage 2021  Front Label
                          Radley & Finch The Profs Pinotage 2021
                          Pinotage from South Africa
                            4.7 26 Ratings
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                          • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
                            Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2021
                            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
                              4.2 5 Ratings
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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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                              • Savage White Blend 2020  Front Label
                                Savage White Blend 2020
                                Other White Wine from South Africa
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                                • Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                                  Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020
                                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                  • Graham Beck Bliss Nectar  Front Label
                                    Graham Beck Bliss Nectar
                                    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
                                      4.2 55 Ratings
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                                    • Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2019  Front Label
                                      Stark-Conde The Field Blend 2019
                                      Other White Blends from South Africa
                                      • RP90
                                      4.2 8 Ratings
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                                    • Vilafonte Seriously Old Dirt 2019  Front Label
                                      Vilafonte Seriously Old Dirt 2019
                                      Other Red Blends from South Africa
                                      • JS93
                                      4.1 8 Ratings
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                                    • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2018  Front Label
                                      Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2018
                                      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                                        4.6 45 Ratings
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                                      • Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                                        Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2019
                                        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                                        • JS93
                                        • WE91
                                        3.9 30 Ratings
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                                      • Klein Constantia Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                                        Klein Constantia Chardonnay 2017
                                        Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
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                                        • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                                          De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021
                                          Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
                                          • JS90
                                          4.2 5 Ratings
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