South Africa is one of the most prominent wine-producing countries in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 300 years of winemaking. The majority of wines are made using New World winemaking techniques but often have more in common stylistically with their Old World counterparts.
South Africa’s wine industry is distributed around the lush, rugged landscape of the Western Cape. Most of South Africa’s wine-producing regions have a Mediterranean climate, significantly influenced by the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The country’s signature variety is Pinotage, rarely found in quantity or quality in any other wine-producing country. Shiraz is widely planted also, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (often found together in a Bordeaux Blend). Chenin Blanc is the republic’s most-planted grape, and South African Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have become popular internationally in recent years.
Join us to learn more about the amazing wines of South Africa and find out how they’ve evolved over the past two decades. There’s always something new to discover at The Wine School of Cheshire.