South African wines: well on their way to international top quality | Britt on Forbes

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They make great wines in South Africa. It is generally considered as a New World wine country but they have been making wine there for more than 350 years. Unfortunately South Africa is best known for their affordable and reliable every-day wines.

However, today South Africa is also a source for some outstanding world-class wines, both red, white and sparkling. Don’t miss out on these delicious wines that can often be had for a very affordable price.

In Britt’s latest article on Forbes, South Africa: A New Chapter In A Wine Success Story, she gives you an introduction to the country as a wine producer and some suggestions on what to buy.

Vineyards in Franschhoek
Vineyards in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Here’s the introduction:

South Africa’s wine industry is entering into the next chapter of its success story. It is time to shake off the image of “cheap and easy” wines and show the world that South Africa is also – since quite some time – capable of top quality. For 20 years South Africa has been giving us cheap wines of reliable quality. But rest assured, things have changed. The country has so much more to offer.

Rickety Bridge winery in Franschhoek
Rickety Bridge winery in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography
Along the coast in the Cape province
Along the coast in the Cape province, copyright BKWine Photography

Wine consumers in most countries have only been drinking South African wines for a little over 20 years. It feels like they have always been around, but that is not the case. I remember tasting my first South African wines in 1993, made by Meerlust and Roodeberg. The era of apartheid was over and with it the boycott of South African wines. Only a few years later the country had established itself as a competent and reliable supplier of easy drinking wine.

South Africa is just now realising its potential. I have been there several times over the last five years and it has been fascinating.

Read Britt’s full article on Forbes: South Africa: A New Chapter In A Wine Success Story.

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The Dornier winery in Stellenbosch
The Dornier winery in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography
Boekenhoutskloof vineyards and winery in Franschhoek
Boekenhoutskloof vineyards and winery in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography
Tasting High Constantia wines
Tasting High Constantia wines, copyright BKWine Photography
Sorting grapes at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch
Sorting grapes at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography
The tasting room at the Anura Winery in Paarl
The tasting room at the Anura Winery in Paarl, copyright BKWine Photography
Vineyards in Franschhoek
Vineyards in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography
The restaurant at Steenberg in Constantia
The restaurant at Steenberg in Constantia, copyright BKWine Photography
Going to Franschhoek
Going to Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography
Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch
Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography
Teddy Hall pouring some excellent sparkling MCC in Stellenbosch
Teddy Hall pouring some excellent sparkling MCC in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography
The winemaker Wynand Grobler at Rickety Bridge
The winemaker Wynand Grobler at Rickety Bridge, copyright BKWine Photography

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