Category Archives: South Africa

2019 Vintage Rosés from Around the World

Today, good quality rosé wines are made all over the world. In this article we focus on some of the most popular 2019 rosés on the market in the US.  The wines reviewed here are from Provence and other areas … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Chile, Countries and Regions, France, Friuli, Italy, Rosé, South Africa, Spain, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wine Type | Tagged | Leave a comment

South Africa’s Top Ten Sparkling Cuvées in 2020

Our just published report on South Africa’s Outstanding Sparkling Wines noted the high quality of the champenoise méthode (Méthode Cap Classique–MCC) bubblies made in the country. We also provided reviews of the many MCCs we tasted earlier this year. In … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, South Africa, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged , | Comments Off on South Africa’s Top Ten Sparkling Cuvées in 2020

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

Posted in Countries and Regions, Dessert Wine, Fortified, Portuguese, South Africa, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Comments Off on De Krans: Outstanding Port-Style Wines from Calitzdorp

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

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Mullineux Wines of the Swartland: It’s All About the Soils

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

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Avondale: A Natural Leader in South Africa’s Paarl Wine Region

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

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, Shiraz, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Wines of Babylon’s Peak in South Africa’s Swartland

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

Posted in California, Countries and Regions, France, Germany, New Zealand, Oregon, Pinot Noir, Rosé, South Africa, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wine Type | Tagged | Comments Off on Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

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

Posted in Countries and Regions, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Top Chenin Blancs from South Africa

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

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Countries and Regions, Red Wine, Shiraz, South Africa, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Articles, Wine Type | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Vergelegen: Modern Wines from a 300 Year Old Estate

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

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Chenin Blancs of Breedekloof Wine Valley