South African wine

Some of the best wine in the new world

South african wine is not a new thing; wine has been made there for over 300 years. To begin with, vines were cultivated to make Brandy and fortified wines, but now South Africa is one of the leading producers of New World wines. South Africa’s geography gives it the ideal Mediterranean climate for growing grapes. This African country has even contributed its own variety to the winemaking world, Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault that gives a juicy flavour of raspberries and blueberries accompanied by notes of chocolate and tobacco. This south african wine is denser and with a higher alcohol percentage than those made with the Pinot Noir variety.

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Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2019

Freshness, balance and vibrant acidity

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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The Sadie Family Skerpioen 2019

A very limited production little gem

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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€41.75
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Donovan Rall Red 2017

A South African red wine with great potential

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2016

Fresh, concentrated and juicy Syrah

South Africa   (Coastal Region)

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Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018

An essential South African Chardonnay

South Africa   Elgin (Western Cape South Coast)

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The Sadie Family Palladius 2018

A delicious palette of 17 white varieties

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Porcupine Chenin Blanc 2019

A versatile and delicious Chenin white for everyday enjoyment

South Africa   Franschhoek (Western Cape South Coast)

Porcupine Chenin Blanc 2019
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Robertson Winery Shiraz 2019

A rich and well integrated single-variety red wine

South Africa   Robertson (Western Cape South Coast)

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David & Nadia Grenache 2018

An aromatic and sensual South African Grenache

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2018

Chenin blanc with a mineral touch and deep elegance

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

A complex red with an exceptional balance

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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The Smuggler's Boot Pinot Noir 2017

A smooth red from a Master of Wine

South Africa   Elgin (Western Cape South Coast)

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Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

An abundance of aromas, balance and length

South Africa   Franschhoek (Western Cape South Coast)

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Porseleinberg Syrah 2018

World-class intensity and concentration

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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The Sadie Family Treinspoor 2019

The most elegant combination of two styles

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Porcupine Ridge Shiraz 2019

A Rhône-style Syrah from Swartland

South Africa   Franschhoek (Western Cape South Coast)

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Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2018

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage

South Africa   (Coastal Region)

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2018
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The Chocolate Block 2019

Authentic Swartland personality

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2016

Delicate and elegant

South Africa   Franschhoek (Western Cape South Coast)

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2016
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Vermouth Caperitif
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The Smuggler's Boot Chardonnay 2017

The creaminess and intensity of a Mediterranean Chardonnay

South Africa   Elgin (Western Cape South Coast)

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Mullineux Syrah 2017

A new generation Swartland red wine

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Mullineux Schist Roundstone Syrah 2017

The full power of “the black earth”

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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Donovan Rall White 2018

An exquisite white wine and a great introduction to the Swartland region of...

South Africa   Wine of Origin Swartland (Coastal Region)

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De Trafford Syrah CSC 2013

Aromatic intensity and elegance

South Africa   (Coastal Region)

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South African Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah reds are also well-known and sought after. And then there’s Chenin Blanc, which is the most cultivated white variety and is also known as Steen. South African Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines are also popular and sought after. Be surprised by the south african wine! A great opportunity to explore this fascinating African country.

South African wine history

South Africa is the oldest wine producing country in the so-called new world. South African wine dates back to the colonial era, specifically the 17th century. At that time, a supply company was set up at the Cape of Good Hope for those travelling to the Indies. It was the company’s founder who decided to import and plant vines from Spain, France and Germany to make wine there. He thought that wine could reduce cases of scurvy among sailors.

Later, Cape Town's first governor Simon van der Stel planted vineyards in the old Wildebosch. He named his land Stellenbosch, which literally means “the forest of Van der Stel”.

For years South African wine had a good reputation and was exported worldwide. However, when Apartheid policies came into force, the wine sector stagnated and exports reduced along with the import of new technologies.

The turning point for South Africa, as well as its wines, was Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Since then, there has been a true revolution in the country and trade barriers have been lifted, opening it up to the world.

South Africa is now the ninth largest wine producer in the world. South African producers closely follow international wine trends and have implemented the most advanced cultivation and winemaking methods in their vineyards and wineries. Thanks to all this, their wines can now be found in the majority of restaurants and specialist shops around the world.

South African wine classification

South African wine can be classified by origin (WO Wine of Origin). This classification was established in 1973 and divided South African vineyards by region. From largest to smallest, the regions are:

-Official Regions: The main regions are Coastal Region WO, covering six districts, and Breede River Valley Region WO, which has three districts and Boberg Region WO.

-Districts: In the Coastal Region WO there is Constantia District WO, Durbanville District WO, Paarls District WO, Stellenbosch District WO, Swartland District WO, Tulbagh District WO. There are also the three in the Breede River Valley Region WO: Worcester District WO, Robertson District WO, Swellendam District WO. Finally, there are other districts that are not part of a large region: Klein Karoo district WO, Olifantsrivier District WO, Overberg District WO, Piketberg District WO, Douglas WO, Andalusia WO and Benede-Oranje WO.

Finally there is the so-called Denomination-Ward: the smallest land units.

Climate and soils

The dominant climate in the Cape Region is Mediterranean: winters are quite cold and rainy and summers are dry and can be very hot. There are also the sea winds that help moderate extreme temperatures and help white grapes to grow.

The terrain shape also plays a key role in the quality of South African wines. South Africa is varied and diverse. There are granite, calcareous, sandy and clayey soils, all at different altitudes because the terrain is rugged. There are splendid valleys, steep mountains and lovely plains. This gives local producers a wide range of possibilities to express and interpret the terrain in various ways, resulting in diverse wines.

South African varieties and vineyards

White varieties are the most commonly cultivated in South Africa, accounting for around 55% of the over one hundred thousand hectares of vineyard. The most common white grape strains from most to least common are the -(local name for Chenin Blanc), the Hanepoot (Muscat of Alexandria), the Colombard, Sauvignon, Cape Riesling and Chardonnay. The reds we find are Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage (cross between Cinsault and Pinot Noir) and Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.