South Africa

South Africa
History:
South Africa is always considered to be a part of the so-called New World, but wine growing goes back a respectable 350 or so years. Jan van Riebeeck himself planted vines in the Cape province in 1656 and noted the first successful harvest in his diary in 1659 on the second of February. We therefore know exactly when wine growing started in South Africa. The later governor Simon van der Stel (the town of Stellenbosch is called after him) produced wines from Constantia that were famous all over the world.
The political climate has long held South Africa and its wines in a firm grip, but since Apartheid has been officially abolished (coincidentally on the second of February as well, in 1990), things have gone up. Initially the export consisted of cheap wines, produced in volume, but gradually higher priced wines reached the market. The Estate-produced wines can compete with anything in the world, and they are getting better every year.
Commonly:
Speak to anyone who has been to South Africa, and they will tell you that it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The scenery impresses with its natural beauty, and the climate is a dream come true: long, hot summers and short, mild winters - who wouldn't dream of that? The climate is highly suited to viticulture, and the ever-progressing cellar technique improves the wines from year to year. More importantly, however, is the insight to the combination of grape/terroir, which leads to better and better wines. South Africa may be a country with a long history in viticulture, but the wine growers of the Cape are looking more and more for their own identity. Regionality is playing an increasing role, but also the recognition of individual sites. "Cool climate" is the buzz-word, as wines from a cool climate tend to be more interesting than wines from hot climatic areas, especially true for the aromatic white wines. There is a lot we can expect from South Africa in the coming years.


  • Meerlust Rubicon
    Meerlust Rubicon
    Producer: Meerlust Grape variety: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Chenin Blanc
    Delheim Chenin Blanc
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: - Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Cabernet Shiraz
    Delheim Cabernet Shiraz
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: - Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Meerlust Chardonnay
    Meerlust Chardonnay
    Producer: Meerlust Grape variety: Chardonnay Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Meerlust Pinot Noir
    Meerlust Pinot Noir
    Producer: Meerlust Grape variety: Pinot Noir Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Pinotage Rosé
    Delheim Pinotage Rosé
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: 95% Pinotage, 5% Muscat de Frontignan Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Chardonnay
    Delheim Chardonnay
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Shiraz
    Delheim Shiraz
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: Shiraz Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon
    Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Grand Reserve (Bordeaux Blend)
    Delheim Grand Reserve (Bordeaux Blend)
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: 94 % Cabernet Sauvignon & 6 % Merlot Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Edelspatz (noble late harvest riesling)
    Delheim Edelspatz (noble late harvest riesling)
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: 100% Rhine Riesling Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Pinotage
    Delheim Pinotage
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: - Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Meerlust Red
    Meerlust Red
    Producer: Meerlust Grape variety: 52% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon
    Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon
    Producer: Meerlust Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Delheim Chenin Blanc Natural Ferment
    Delheim Chenin Blanc Natural Ferment
    Producer: Delheim Grape variety: - Region: Stellenbosch Read more
  • Willow Way Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio
    Willow Way Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio
    Producer: Overhex Wines International Grape variety: - Region: Western Cape Read more
  • Willow Way Shiraz/Mourvèdre
    Willow Way Shiraz/Mourvèdre
    Producer: Overhex Wines International Grape variety: - Region: Western Cape Read more
  • Balance Chardonnay
    Balance Chardonnay
    Producer: Overhex Wines International Grape variety: - Region: Western Cape Read more
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