Wine Region: South Africa

Wine grapes have been cultivated in the region of South Africa since 1659. Around this time, the region was heavily influenced by the Dutch because it was a port city along the spice and silk trade routes. Even today, many towns and wineries still have Dutch names. In 1994 when apartheid and isolationism ended, the wine industry began to greatly expand with many family-owned and co-op-owned wineries emerging.

Grape Vines in South Africa
Wine producers are encouraged to preserve the natural vegetation and grow grapes among and around it. This provides added nutrients to the grape vines which imparts additional flavors to the wines. Because suitable grape-growing land is not nearly as scarce in South Africa as other countries, vines are often allowed to grow freely with minimal pruning or trellising.

About 90% of wines produced in South Africa have the official sustainability seal which enforces a set of regulations to ensure production ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

Most widely grown white grapes: Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. Most widely grown red grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Merlot.

Wine Examples:

bloem   2014 Bloem – Chenin Blanc Viognier

porcupine   2013 Porcupine Ridge – Cabernet Sauvignon

excelsior_chardonnay_nv   2015 Excelsior – Chardonnay

jamjar_sweetshiraz_nv   2015 Jam Jar – Sweet Shiraz

mosaic   2015 Mosaic – Indaba

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