A coastal combination of the warm Indian Ocean, cool Atlantic breeze and currents from the Antarctic make vine growing possible in some parts of South Africa. With its dramatically beautiful countryside, there is a treasure trove of exciting wines to discover. Here the cool sea breeze and mist help cool the grapes in an otherwise hot country.
Back in the 1920's South Africa formed its own grape, Pinotage, made from crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault. After a somewhat varied reputation over the years, Pinotage is now both trendy and lively. Meanwhile Chenin Blanc is their cherished white grape offering a clean, refreshing dry wine of differing textures. South African wines are as stunning and unique as the landscape in which they are grown.