South African Wine

06 December 2013 5:50 AM

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From superb sparkling wines (many made méthode champenoise) to rich dessert delights, and a healthy spread of both well made (and well-priced) reds and whites, South Africa's wine scene continues to gain ground in terms of both export volume and international wine fans. With a quarter of a million acres under vine and tremendous variety in regional terroir, the wine region of South Africa provides a palate adventure that continues to unfold in the global glass.

While home to many well-known international grape varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, regional South African wines highlight unique expressions and palate personalities on these classic grapes thanks to the diverse terroir and intense growing climes. South African Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, tends to take on earthier undertones, with more minerality in the final makeup, while the Cape's Sauvignon Blanc plays with a peppy pungency that is fresh and wildly appealing. For those seeking South Africa's most popular native grape, check out the smoke-laced, spice-driven nuances of Pinotage (made from a courageous viticultural cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault).

Want to learn more about South Africa's intriguing wine history or discover the region's top wines and producers? Then check out our South African Wine Guide here.


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