South Africa

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659. At one time Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town was considered one of the greatest wines in the world. Access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. There are about 60 appellations within the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which was implemented in 1973 with a hierarchy of designated production regions, districts and wards. WO wines must be made 100% from grapes from the designated area. "Single vineyard" wines must come from a defined area of less than 5 hectares. An "Estate Wine" can come from adjacent farms, as long as they are farmed together and wine is produced on site. A ward is an area with a distinctive soil type and/or climate, and is roughly equivalent to a European appellation. 
 
On 2 February 1659 the founder of Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck, produced the first wine recorded in South Africa. On 8 January 1918, growers in the Western Cape founded the Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging van Zuid-Afrika Bpkt (KWV). KWV came to dominate the industry until the end of apartheid. In the 1930s they set up the South African Wine Farmers Association (SAWFA) as a 50:50 joint venture with their British agents, Vine Products, taking full control after the Second World War. Restrictions on the sale of "whites man's liquor" to black South Africans were lifted in the 1960s. Restrictions were never placed on Coloured South African labourers for fear of collapsing the wine farm labour force. Production quotas were abolished in the 1990s, and KWV relinquished its regulatory functions to the South African Wine Industry Trust and its producing interests to the Wijngaard Co-operative, leaving a publicly quoted marketing company.
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Bellingham Dragons Lair
€ 14.99

Bellingham Dragons Lair

The Bellingham Dragons Lair is a wine from Franschhoek, a famous South-African wine region. It's ..

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Bellingham Fair Maiden
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Bellingham Fair Maiden

This Bellingham Fair Maiden is a wine from the South African coastal region and a blend of Rousan..

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Bellingham Fair Maiden
Bellingham Saint Georges
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Bellingham Saint Georges

The Bellingham Saint Georges is a wine from Franschhoek, a famous South-African wine region. It's..

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Bellingham Saint Georges
Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon
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Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon

The Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon is a wine from Franschhoek, a famous South-African ..

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Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon
Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage
€ 12.95

Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage

This Bellingham Bush Vine Pinotage is part of the Bellingham The Bernard Series, a tribute to fou..

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Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage
Bellingham The Bernard Series Handpicked Viognier
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Bellingham The Bernard Series Handpicked Viognier

This Bellingham Handpicked Viognier is part of the Bellingham The Bernard Series, a tribute to fo..

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Bellingham The Bernard Series Handpicked Viognier
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
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Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc

This Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc is part of the Bellingham The Bernard Series, a tribute to ..

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Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel S.M.V.
€ 17.95

Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel S.M.V.

This Bellingham Small Barrel S.M.V. is part of the Bellingham The Bernard Series, a tribute to fo..

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Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel S.M.V.
Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Rousanne
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Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Rousanne

This Bellingham Whole Bunch Rousanne is part of the Bellingham The Bernard Series, a tribute to f..

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Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Rousanne
Bellingham Tree Series Berry Bush Rose
€ 6.50

Bellingham Tree Series Berry Bush Rose

The Tree Series is an ensemble of great value premium blends that combine the best natural aspect..

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Bellingham Tree Series Big Oak Red
€ 6.50

Bellingham Tree Series Big Oak Red

The Bellingham Tree Series is an ensemble of great value premium blends that combine the best nat..

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Bellingham Tree Series Big Oak Red
Bellingham Tree Series Pear Tree White
€ 6.50

Bellingham Tree Series Pear Tree White

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Bellingham Tree Series Pear Tree White
Fairaware Estate Chenin Blanc Viognier
€ 5.99

Fairaware Estate Chenin Blanc Viognier

Fairaware Estate is a worldwide wine estate with the goal to make wines for a better world. The e..

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Fairaware Estate Chenin Blanc Viognier
Fairaware Estate Shiraz Pinotage
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Fairaware Estate Shiraz Pinotage

Fairaware Estate is a worldwide wine estate with the goal to make wines for a better world. The e..

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Fairaware Estate Shiraz Pinotage