South Africa is a wine-making region that is often mistakenly called the “New World”, assuming that wine culture originated here recently. In fact, the Dutch “East India Company” brought wine to South Africa already in the 17th century, when it used the Cape region as a stop on the route to India.
Due to the fact that the market is filled with French, Italian and Spanish wines, South African wines are unknown to many wine lovers.
Vineyards are mainly located on the Western Cape and in Stellenbosch, which is considered to be the wine capital of the country. And this honor is fully justified, because the wines produced in this region occupy leading positions in many international wine ratings. Stellenbosch is also famous for the legendary variety Pinotage, which was created here — it originated from the crossing between Cinsault and Pinot Noir grapes.
South African wines are ideal for those who want to try something new and we advise you to try the famous “Pinotage” or the “Frans Malan cape blend”, whereas the latter was named after the founder of the Simonsig estate — one of the best wine producers in the region of Stellenbosch.