South African Wine

South Africa is one of the most prominent wine-producing countries in the Southern Hemisphere. With more than 300 years of winemaking history, it is often described as bridging the gap between the Old World and New.

South Africa’s wine industry is mainly situated around the landscape of the Western Cape. The abundance of mountains and valleys allows winemakers to produce a diverse range of styles.

The country’s signature variety is Pinotage, a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut that is rarely found in quantity in any other wine-producing country. Shiraz is widely planted also, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Chenin Blanc is the most-planted grape, and South African Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are popular internationally.

At Hennings Wine, we have an excellent range of South African wines to buy in store and online. You can browse our favourites below, or navigate to the exact region or grape you are looking for.

Coastal Region

The Coastal Region is a significant wine-producing area in the Western Cape that forms the heart of the South African wine industry. Stretching from Darling in the north to Cape Point and Constantia in the south, and to Stellenbosch and Paarl in the east, it accounts for nearly half of all the area under vine in South Africa.

There is a huge variation of grape varieties cultivated in the Coastal Region. Sauvignon Blanc is grown along the coast in Tygerberg, Constantia and Cape Point. The bush vine Sauvignon Blanc from Darling is a particularly unusual wine made in the region. Towards the inland mountain ranges, where the climate is hotter and drier, there is more Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage grown. In the more southern areas of Stellenbosch, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are often found together as part of a Bordeaux Blend.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is perhaps the most famous wine-producing region in South Africa. The town, in Western Cape’s Coastal Region, is steeped in history and is home to the country’s best-known wine estates. Cabernet Sauvignon is the region’s most widely planted grape variety, and is often combined with Merlot to create Bordeaux Blend wines.

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon can be found on wine lists the world over, whileSauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc are all planted here in quantity. Stellenbosch is also notable for being the birthplace of Pinotage.

Western Cape

The Western Cape is home to the vast majority of the South African wine industry, and the country’s two most famous wine regions, Stellenbosch and Paarl. The city of Cape Town serves as the epicentre of the Cape Winelands, a mountainous, biologically diverse area in the south-western corner of the African continent. A wide variety of wines are produced here, from rich reds made from Shiraz and Pinotage to fresh whites made from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

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