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South African white wines are starting to gain traction overseas… Here's your step-by-step guide to SA's three top whites

by , 04 December 2014

Living in South Africa, we have an array of fabulous wines produced right on our doorstep.

And our white wines are getting a lot of attention overseas right now.

If white wine is your preferred tipple, there are three different varieties that are renowned the world over.

Read on to uncover the ins and outs of these sought-after South African white wines…


Chenin Blanc is creating a name for itself internationally


If you’re after a peachy floral white wine, you can’t go wrong with a South African Chenin Blanc. Interestingly, the majority of Chenin Blanc grown ends up in the brandy production chain, but times are changing.

This wine is growing in popularity, the experts at Wine Folly explain. There are different flavours of Chenin Blanc, depending on where the grapes are grown.

If you’re looking for a floral white wine look to Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch. If you prefer a dry and fruity wine, look to wineries around the coast. And if you want a powerful fruity punch, head to Swartland.


A cheaper alternative to other Sauvignon Blancs


A good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc can set you back a bit. But the good news is, South African Sauvignon Blanc is cheaper and very similar to the best Sauvignon Blancs from further afield.

You can get the sharp fruity zesty flavour you’re looking for from a New Zealand bottle of Sauvignon Blanc at a fraction of the price in a bottle of SA Sauvignon Blanc.


Look to the Cape for good Chardonnay


The best Chardonnay grape prefer cooler climes.

So if you want a South African Chardonnay, opt for one from the cooler coastal regions round the Cape.


South African white wines are growing in popularity overseas


Many wine producers use the white grapes grown in SA for blending to produce other wines. But this is changing.

If you want to try up-and-coming SA white wines, look to Viognier, Semillon and Riesling.

There you have it. Your step-by-step guide to SA’s three top wines.

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