South Africa Wine Tour Travel Guide
Whether you’ve been drinking wine for a lifetime or have only just begun to pursue an interest in the grape, sooner or later there comes a time when wine horizons have to be expanded. Maybe you just got curious about a label at your local wine shop. Or it could be a friend who brought over a bottle just because. For most wine lovers, when it comes to the wines of South Africa, that first taste is usually by chance and not by design. Once you’ve stumbled onto the pleasures of wine South African style, you’ll probably want to know more. What better way to investigate the extraordinary continent of Africa than through the prism of wine? There’s no better place than a visit to Africa’s wine star – the country of South Africa.
What makes wine from South Africa unique? For many the answer can be summed up in a single word – Pinotage. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of this unusual varietal. Outside of South Africa it is not widely known or consumed. Still a baby at only fifty years of age, the Pinotage varietal is a work in progress.
The name Pinotage refers to the marriage of the Pinot Noir grape with what South Africans called “Hermitage.” This is actually the French varietal Cinsault, which is common in the Rhône River Valley of France where Hermitage wines originate. The cross-breeding of these two varietals has become inseparably linked with the South African wine industry since the early 1960s.
Pinotage is made in a number of styles, but is at its best when careful winemaking produces a dry, full-bodied red wine. It can also be found as a component in many good red wine blends or as a sweet, dessert style wine, as rose or even sparkling wine. The future of Pinotage remains unclear though, with many critics of the grape favoring other varietals. The good news for wine enthusiasts is that South Africa produces a wealth of fine wines and a tour of the country’s rugged and beautiful Cape wine country is not to be missed.
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With landscapes and wildlife like nowhere else in the world, South Africa has much to thrill and delight guests. Visitors are always welcome. You will never be far from adventure or a good glass of wine on the vacation of a lifetime to gorgeous South Africa.