The best wines of South Africa

Discover the best wines of South Africa as well as the best winemakers of South Africa and estates of South Africa to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in South Africa and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of South Africa by region

Looking for a good wine of South Africa among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of South Africa. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of South Africa with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of South Africa

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of South Africa

Red wines from the region of South Africa go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or pork such as recipes of chili con carne, lamb tagine with vegetables and preserved lemons or stuffed round zucchini.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of South Africa

On the nose the red wine of the region of South Africa. often reveals types of flavors of cream, raisin or spices and sometimes also flavors of black plum, cigar box or cigar. In the mouth the red wine of the region of South Africa. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in red wine of South Africa

  • 2019 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.62/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.61/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.59/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.59/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of South Africa

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Pinotage
  • Malbec

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of South Africa

A wine route planned in the region of South Africa? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of South Africa.

Discovering the wine region of South Africa

South Africa is one of the most important wine producing countries in the southern hemisphere. With over 300 years of wine making history, it is often described as a bridge between the Old and New Worlds. The majority of wines are produced using New World winemaking techniques, but they often have more stylistic similarities with their Old World counterparts. Since the end of apartheid, South African wine has received international attention and recognition for its wide variety of styles.

The South African wine industry is spread across the lush and rugged landscape of the Western Cape. Here, the abundance of mountains, valleys and plateaus allows winemakers to produce a wide variety of styles. Wineries can also be found in the Orange River region of the Northern Cape, where the flat, arid landscape is dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Most of South Africa's wine regions have a Mediterranean Climate, strongly influenced by the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

The country's signature Grape is Pinotage">Pinotage, an indigenous cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut that is rarely found in quantity in any other wine producing country. Shiraz is also widespread, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (often combined in a Bordeaux blend). However, white grape varieties account for 55% of the country's 96,000 hectares of vineyards. Chenin Blanc is the most planted grape variety in the republic with 18.

Great white wines of South Africa

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of South Africa

White wines from the region of South Africa go well with generally quite well with dishes of shellfish, lean fish or fruity desserts such as recipes of express seafood spaghetti, cod gratin with béchamel sauce or rice with milk.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of South Africa

On the nose the white wine of the region of South Africa. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, hay or floral and sometimes also flavors of dried fruit, smoke or wax. In the mouth the white wine of the region of South Africa. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of South Africa

  • 1947 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.52/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.51/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.47/5
  • 2012 With an average score of 4.45/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.45/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of South Africa

  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sémillon
  • Palomino
  • Viognier
  • Grenache Blanc

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of South Africa

A wine route planned in the region of South Africa? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of South Africa.

Discover the grape variety: Verdelho

The white Verdelho is a grape variety that originated in Portugal. It produces a variety of grape specially used for the elaboration of wine. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and grapes of medium size. The white Verdelho can be found cultivated in these vineyards: Languedoc & Roussillon, Rhone Valley, South West.

Great sparkling wines of South Africa

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of South Africa

Sparkling wines from the region of South Africa go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of traditional veal stew, pasta carbonara or blanquette of rabbit with riesling and chanterelles.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of South Africa

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of South Africa. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, earth or microbio and sometimes also flavors of vegetal, oak or tree fruit.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of South Africa

  • 2020 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.23/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.18/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.15/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of South Africa

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Pinotage

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of South Africa

A wine route planned in the region of South Africa? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of South Africa.

The word of the wine: Primeur

Said of wines from the last vintage and, by extension, wines of the year, fruity and easy-drinking, put on sale on the third Thursday in November. The AOC regulations specify that a wine is said to be primeur if it is bottled before the spring, and nouveau if it is bottled before the following harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is therefore a vin primeur.

Great pink wines of South Africa

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of South Africa

Pink wines from the region of South Africa go well with generally quite well with dishes of game (deer, venison), poultry or veal such as recipes of medallions of monkfish with citrus fruits, fried rice noodles with chicken or roasted stuffed goose with mushroom sauce.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of South Africa

On the nose the pink wine of the region of South Africa. often reveals types of flavors of cream, tree fruit or pomegranate and sometimes also flavors of rhubarb, guava or lychee.

The best vintages in pink wine of South Africa

  • 1985 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1988 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.01/5
  • 2020 With an average score of 3.94/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.94/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.94/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of South Africa

  • Pinotage
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cinsault
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of South Africa

A wine route planned in the region of South Africa? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of South Africa.

Discover the grape variety: Sangiovese

Originally from Italy, it is the famous Sangiovese of Tuscany producing the famous wines of Brunello de Montalcino and Chianti. This variety is registered in the Official Catalogue of Wine Grape Varieties, list A1. According to recent genetic analysis, it is the result of a natural cross between the almost unknown Calabrese di Montenuovo (mother) and Ciliegiolo (father).

Great sweet wines of South Africa

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of South Africa

Sweet wines from the region of South Africa go well with generally quite well with dishes of spicy food, sweet desserts or shellfish such as recipes of coconut chicken and curry, pancakes or thai fondue.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of South Africa

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of South Africa. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, dried apricot or oak and sometimes also flavors of vegetal, microbio or earth. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of South Africa. is a powerful mainly marked by the residual sugar.

The best vintages in sweet wine of South Africa

  • 2002 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1992 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1995 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1997 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1999 With an average score of 4.60/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of South Africa

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Muscat de Frontignan
  • Viognier

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of South Africa

A wine route planned in the region of South Africa? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of South Africa.

The word of the wine: Venaison

Applied to the bouquet of a wine reminiscent of the smell of big game.

Great natural sweet wines of South Africa

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of South Africa

Natural sweet wines from the region of South Africa go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, mature and hard cheese or lamb such as recipes of quick meatloaf, casserole egg with saint-nectaire cheese or leg of lamb cooked in yoghurt / tave kosi (albania).

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of South Africa

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of South Africa. often reveals types of flavors of cream, tree fruit or honey and sometimes also flavors of non oak, earth or microbio.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of South Africa

  • 1948 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 2001 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2002 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 1993 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.24/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of South Africa

  • Tinta Barroca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Souzao
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Touriga Franca
  • Tinta Francisca

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of South Africa

A wine route planned in the region of South Africa? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of South Africa.

Discover the grape variety: Marsanne

Marsanne is a white grape variety that originated in Montélimar in the Drôme, several centuries ago. Marsanne is also found in Cassis, Savoie, Languedoc-Roussillon and Saint-Péray in the Ardèche, where it produces remarkable sparkling wines. The warm, sunny climate of the Rhone Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence, as well as the dry, stony soil, are ideal conditions for its development. Its bunches are quite large and provide small, juicy berries that are sensitive to grey rot and strong winds. These two grape varieties complement each other perfectly: together they give light wines with little acidity, aromas of yellow fruit, white fruit and flowers with notes of honey and liquorice. This is for example what the appellations Saint-Péray, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Côtes-du-Vallée du Rhône, Corbières, or Cassis express... which represent about 700 hectares.

News from the vineyard of South Africa

Cream of the Crop Auction: the drinks industry comes together ahead of the festive season

The Drinks Trust has partnered with Whisky.Auction to host its first annual auction, with all proceeds used to fund the different projects through which the charity supports the UK hospitality sector. The Drinks Trust is a community organisation for the drinks industry, offering educational, institutional, and peer-to-peer support to the sector’s professionals. It also provides wellbeing and financial assistance in challenging times, such as those the industry is currently facing.  In 2020 alone ...

The Morey Saint Denis appellation investigated through its geology and geography

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) invites you to enjoy this video in which Jean-Pierre Renard, Expert Instructor at the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne, explains the topographical and geological characteristics of the Morey-Saint-Denis appellation. The vineyard lies on an intensely fractured area. Several characteristic zones can be distinguished, we can say that each Climat has its own personality. This video is taken from the “Rendez-vous avec les vins de Bourgogne” program broadcasted in April 2021 ...

The Wine Society improves provenance and quality of The Blind Spot

The Wine Society has made a move to improve the provenance and quality of its exclusive The Blind Spot wine range. The business said it would, for the first time in its history, provide the funding for buying grapes rather than liquid for the range of Australian wines. Winemaker Mac Forbes has spend the last decade identifying ‘interesting’ parcels of wine for the range, which has been an integral part of The Wine Society’s portfolio for the past 10 years, and securing them before th ...