Wine and Beer in South Africa

Wine and beer in South Africa have become serious business. Its little wonder what with the excellent quality and diversity of wines and beers that South Africa offers. Every aspect of beer and wine is available to tourism adding a great value to visitors to South Africa. Tourists can go wine tasting, visit South African wine estates, visit breweries or just chill out in some of our country pubs. South Africa even has tourist regions like the Wine Lands in the Western Cape devoted almost entirely to wine.    

South Africa and its wine

With vineyards spread throughout the country, South Africa has been producing fine wines since the 17th century. Because of international politics and economic policies, however, its wine industry has just begun to emerge over the past few years, producing wines that are high in quality if not quantity.

The Cape's Mediterranean climate and mountainous terrain provide excellent grape growing conditions. Rain falls mostly in winter, and dry summers allow grapes to mature evenly, developing a full, ripe flavor. The main wine growing region in South Africa is the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of the continent.

South Africa wineSouth African white wines, particularly Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, account for 85 per cent of the country's vines. They are renowned for their light, crisp quality.

There are also popular South African reds, including Shiraz, and Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes from southern Rhone. The Pinotage grape is grown exclusively in South Africa, and many consider it to be the country's "national grape."

In recent years, the Constantia grape -- responsible for the famous South African dessert wine prized by royalty in the 18th century, requested by Napoleon, and praised in the novels of Dickens and Jane Austen -- has been reintroduced in recent years to South Africa's Constantia region, the birthplace of its wine industry.

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