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Wine from the South African Region

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South African Wine - A Unique Blend of History and Terroir

South Africa's wine-making history dates back to the 17th century when Dutch settlers brought European vines to the country. The vines thrived in the unique terroir and produced fruit with a distinct bouquet. South African wines have a unique taste, with red and white dry wines being sweeter than their Old World counterparts. The bouquet is dominated by notes of fruit and herbs, along with hints of ground coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, violets, cedar, and spices. The best South African wines are produced in the following regions:
  • Stellenbosch
  • Durbanville
  • Constantia
  • Paarl
South African wines can be paired with a wide variety of dishes, including meat, game, poultry, fish, vegetables, and cheeses.

South African wines are unique due to their:
  • Terroir
  • Climate
  • Grape Varieties
The terroir, or the soil and climate of the region, plays a significant role in shaping the flavor of South African wines. The country's diverse climate, ranging from the warm, coastal regions to the cooler inland areas, results in a wide variety of grape varieties being grown.

South Africa is known for producing wines from the following grape varieties:
  • Pinotage - a signature grape variety of South Africa, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault
  • Chenin Blanc - a versatile grape variety that produces dry and sweet white wines
  • Cabernet Sauvignon - a popular grape variety that produces rich and full-bodied red wines
  • Syrah - a grape variety that produces wines with spicy and fruity notes
  • Sauvignon Blanc - a grape variety that produces crisp and refreshing white wines with herbaceous notes

South African wines can be paired with a variety of dishes, such as:
  • Beef and lamb
  • Game meats
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Veggies and salads
  • Cheeses