Category Archives: South Africa

De Krans: Outstanding Port-Style Wines from Calitzdorp

Sweet wines in South Africa have a long and storied history beginning in the 17th century with the planting of the first vitis vinifera in the Western Cape. Huegenot immigrants, religious refugees from France, played a critical role in establishing … Continue reading

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Mullineux Wines of the Swartland: It’s All About the Soils

Andrea and Chris Mullineux met in the vineyards of France where UC Davis grad Andrea and Stellenbosch grad Chris were doing post-graduation internships. They married, moved to the Swartland, and in 2007 established their highly successful winery. They consistently receive … Continue reading

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Avondale: A Natural Leader in South Africa’s Paarl Wine Region

Avondale is one of the few South African wineries that uses Biodynamic and organic farming practices.  It is also a pioneer in natural winemaking methods including the use of clay vessels for fermentation. Avondale’s wines are authentic and very good. … Continue reading

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The Wines of Babylon’s Peak in South Africa’s Swartland

Located in the Swartland not far from the wineries of Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst, Babylon’s Peak has been in the Basson family since 1919. Its most remarkable feature, aside from deeply rutted roads and a profusion of wildlife, is … Continue reading

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Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror … Continue reading

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Top Chenin Blancs from South Africa

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted grape, and it makes some of the country’s most distinguished wines, including the ones reviewed below. Many of the best ones come from old vines, some very old. Rosa Kruger, whom we … Continue reading

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Vergelegen: Modern Wines from a 300 Year Old Estate

Vergelegen is one of South Africa’s finest producers of premium wines. It’s located in an idyllic setting just 6 km from the sea with sloping mountainside vineyards, and winemaker André Van Rensburg is one of South Africa’s most passionate winemakers. … Continue reading

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The Chenin Blancs of Breedekloof Wine Valley

While Chenin Blanc originated in the Anjou area of the Loire, today it can be said to be South Africa’s grape. South Africa produces more of the grape than any other country and has double the plantings of France. Chenin … Continue reading

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Graham Beck: Exclusive Focus on Premium Sparkling

Industrialist Graham Beck founded his eponymous vineyard and winery in Robertson in 1983.  A few years later Pieter Ferreira joined Graham Beck, making his first sparkling wine  (called MCC or Methode Cap Classique in South Africa) in 1991. We visited … Continue reading

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Richard Kershaw Lifts Elgin to New Heights

Richard Kershaw, South Africa’s first MW (Master of Wine), worked at wineries around the world (including Simi in California) before becoming winemaker at Mulderbosch  and then, in 2012, starting his own eponymous winery in Elgin, South Africa’s coolest growing area. … Continue reading

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