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At the convergence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans sits a wine-producing nation with powerful Bordeaux and Rhone blends displaying its French influence, white wines as focused and expressive as any in New Zealand, value-driven Cabernet, Malbec, and Merlot to rival the best of South America, and yet a heartbeat and a character all its own.
Though its wine heritage was instituted by Dutch settlers in the colonial years, it’s hard to call South Africa a “new world” region when it boasts some of the oldest soils on the planet. With a diverse landscape from the mountains of Helderberg to the flinty Cape to the sandstone and clay slopes of Stellenbosch, South Africa has amazing potential.
Now free from the economic sanctions in place during apartheid, South Africa's wine industry has risen to greatness both in the quality of exported wine and as a leader in socially-responsible farming and business. Wineries are increasingly environmentally sustainable, worker-owned or cooperative, and involved in positive community initiatives. Now that high-quality South African wines are more available stateside than ever, it’s time to try one!