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28 Main Wine Varieties Produced in South Africa - Cape Wine Country
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28 Main Wine Varieties Produced in South Africa

There are hundreds of varieties of wine grapes and as many resources and guides to help you better understand and appreciate wine, however if you have a keen interest in South African wine varieties, familiarize yourself with this list of the 18 main red wine varieties and the 11 main white wine varieties, their flavor profiles, vineyard areas and delicious pairing suggestions. As you journey further into the wonderful world of wine you will certainly discover many more fantastic red wine varieties beyond this list but if you’re looking to brush up on your knowledge of South African Wine, right here is an excellent place to start.

18 Main Red Wine Varieties

# Name Vineyard Area
1 Cabernet Sauvignon +/- 12%
2 Cabernet Franc +/- 1%
3 Carignan Insignificant
4 Cinsaut (noir) +/-2%
5 Gamay noir Insignificant
6 Grenache (noir) Minimal
7 Malbec Minimal
8 Merlot +/- 6%
9 Mourvèdre Minimal
10 Nebbiolo Miniscule
11 Petit Verdot +/- 0.8%
12 Pinotage +/- 7.4%
13 Pinot Noir +/- 1.5%
14 Ruby Cabernet +/- 2%
15 Shiraz +/- 13%
16 Tinta Barocca +/- 0.3%
17 Touriga nacional Miniscule
18 Zinfandel Miniscule
Approximate area coverage of red wine varieties 46%

10 Main White Varieties

# Name Vineyard Area
1 Chardonnay +/- 8%
2 Chenin Blanc +/- 19%
3 Colombard +/- 12%
4 Gewürztraminer Miniscule
5 Hanepoot +/- 2%
6 Muscadel +/- 1%
7 Riesling +/- 0.9%
8 Sauvignon Blanc +/- 10%
9 Semillon +/- 1%
10 Viogner Miniscule
Approximate area coverage of white wine varieties 53.9 %

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