Even though South Africa is considered to be part of the New World, wine has been made there for over 350 years. The wine regions are focused on the south west of the country and usually endure a hot dry climate.
Many people associate South Africa with the Pinotage red grape, but the country produces many other quality wines from white to red. Since 1918, the Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Bpkt (abbreviated to KWV), a co-operative of wine makers from the Western Cape region, has controlled the stability of the trade – preventing over production and defining quality standards. Recently it has been privatised and the number of estate wineries has rapidly expanded and brought a breath of fresh air to the whole trade.
Grapes & Regions
Chenin Blanc (Coastal)
Chardonnay (Walker Bay, Coastal)
Sauvignon Blanc (Constantia, Coastal)
Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch)