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Types of South African White Wines  

South Africa is an area which may not come across to some as a large wine region. This is not the case as more and more wineries and vineyards are popping up throughout South Africa and producing a number of fabulous and highly sought after wines. The white wines of South Africa are particularly delicious and some specific types of South African white wines will be described in detail.


Chardonnay is a type of white wine that sees great popularity throughout the world. In South Africa, this is also the case as many wineries produce this type of white wine on an annual basis. The general nature of South African Chardonnay is citrus aromas, medium to heavy body and a slight oak taste. This type of South African white wine goes nicely with a number of dishes such as roast loin, ham, salmon and halibut. It is also a nice wine to have alongside various cheeses and hors devours.

Sauvignon Blanc

Another popular South African wine is Sauvignon Blanc. This white wine is lighter in body when compared to Chardonnay and may have a scent of grapefruit to it. It is a fresh, crisp type of wine that is easy to drink. This too pairs nicely with many types of food selections. When trying to find the best meal to have with a bottle of South African Sauvignon Blanc, one can choose shellfish, chicken or turkey dishes and have the items compliment one another perfectly.


If one is looking for a sweeter type of white wine, then Riesling may be the perfect choice. South African Riesling typically has a light to medium body and a sweet taste overall. It is aromatic and one may sense a floral scent when they get close to their glass of wine. Although produced with oak, the sweetness of the wine tends to drive away any remnants of the oak that may have remained. When pairing Riesling with food items, one can choose salads, grilled chicken or shellfish dishes to accompany this fabulous wine.


These are the three most popular types of South African white wines which are produced in the country. If one likes a drier type of white wine, they may be best choosing either the Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc for their drinking pleasure. In the alternative, those who prefer a sweeter wine with a light body to it may find that Riesling is the perfect wine for them. No matter which type of white wine is preferred, one will ultimately find that South Africa has its share of wonderful wineries and delicious white wines.

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