So, now you have a bit of history to South African wine and the types of grape and flavour one can expect, it is important to brush up on your regions. This is no different from familiarising yourself with your French and Italian wine making districts, as it can have a profound impact on the taste and quality of your wine.
Perhaps the most famous of South Africa’s wine making regions, Stellenbosch the equivalent of Bordeaux in France. Red wine flows out of this region which is famed for its stunning mountains and landscapes but all sorts of variations are now being produced.
Wines such as Meerlust’s Rubicon, Warwick’s Trilogy and Kanonkop’s Paul Sauer all emanate from this part of the country and have won awards from a wide range of critics and publications.
This part of South Africa is perhaps less reputable than Stellenbosch, but this is trend that is changing due to the quality of the red wines being produced there.
The town of Franschoek attracts many visitors due to the five star French style restaurants and designer shops you can find there, and this is complemented superbly by some of the best wine the country is currently producing.
Great wine is being made all around South Africa, but we only have space for our top three regions in this guide to the best wines in this emerging part of the world. Our third beat off stiff competition from the likes of The Cape and Elgin and is the warm region of Swartland.
Firmly at the forefront of the development of the Rhone varietals in the county, the aforementioned Chenin Blanc’s made in South Africa are highly likely to come from Swartland, especially the higher quality ones.
As you will see, South Africa is a New World wine making region that is making real strides and is quickly becoming one of the best emerging markets one can find. The quality of their merchandise, especially their reds cannot be argued with and if current trends are to continue then there is no reason why more and more South African wines won’t be firmly at the top of the leader boards when it comes to the finest reds and Chenin Blancs being made anywhere.
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