World Cup wines

In celebration of World Cup 2010, this week Asian Palate looks into the world of South African wines. It seems the country are showcasing their finest – check out this blog on South Africa’sbest value winesThe Associated Press (below) provided an interesting look at the country’s wineries. But what is South Africa’s wine history and regions? We answered some nagging questions…


Unknown to many, South African wines have existed for over 350 years.The climate is Mediterranean in character, making it suitable for grape growing.  The plantations were traditionally white grape varieties, but recent times have shifted this, instead seeing a dominance of red grape varieties. 


Key Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Main Regions: Stellenbosch, Coastal, Walker Bay, Constantia