South Africa is the world's eighth largest producer of wines and is more than three hundred years old. Almost all South Africa's wines are produced in the Western Cape region. The end of apartheid was the start of a boom for the entire wine-industry.
The Chenin Blanc (known locally as Steen) dominates the white wineproduction before Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Historically Cinsault (known locally as Hermitage) and Pinotage have been the most popular red grapes, however, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot, are gaining ground and give birth to fruity, full bodied wines.