South African wine

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South African wine
tips and insights


South Africa has a reputation for exporting high quality and commendable mid-quality wines at good-value prices. Mass-market South African wines are also appealingly priced, but are unremarkable.

History in brief

In the 1600s, the French Huguenots brought to South Africa their vines and wine-making skills. The industry slowly developed. It wasn't until after apartheid that the world began discovering South African wines. Today, the nation is one of the world's top ten wine-producing countries.

Other notable
South African

Cape Brandy

It's a big seller in South Africa. Cape Brandy is appreciably sweeter than typical international-style brandies.


This moderately potent home-made beer is made with sorghum and other grains. Worth tasting, but expect a sour note.

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