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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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  • 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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    • 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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      • Jam Jar Sweet White 2021  Front Label
        Jam Jar Sweet White 2021
        Other White Blends from South Africa
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        • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
          Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2021
          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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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
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          • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
            Indaba Chenin Blanc 2020
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
              Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2021
              Chenin Blanc from Paarl, 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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                • Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                  Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin, 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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                    • Alheit Cartology 2019  Front Label
                      Alheit Cartology 2019
                      Other White Blends from South Africa
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                    • Excelsior Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                      Excelsior Chardonnay 2021
                      Chardonnay from South Africa
                      • W&S88
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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 Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                        Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                        Sauvignon Blanc from 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
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                        • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2021  Front Label
                          Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2021
                          Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, 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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                            • Klein Constantia Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                              Klein Constantia Chardonnay 2017
                              Chardonnay from Constantia, South Africa
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                              • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2021  Front Label
                                Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2021
                                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                • De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                                  De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2021
                                  Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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                                  • WS90
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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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                                • Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                                  Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2020
                                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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                                • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                                  Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
                                  Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
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                                  • V91
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                                • Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2021  Front Label
                                  Badenhorst Curator White Blend 2021
                                  Other White Blends 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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