If you appreciate a fine white wine, you probably know you can’t go wrong with an acclaimed, carefully cultivated local white. Yes, South African white wine is world-famous with good reason.
One of the key factors contributing to the exceptional quality of South African white wine is our country’s varied terroir. South African winemakers cultivate grapes in a breathtakingly wide range of climates, soils, and altitudes, enabling them to produce high-quality white wines with very distinct characteristics.
Indeed, South African white wine shines brightly on the world stage. The Western Cape is the heartland of South African winemaking, with several renowned wine regions within the province. Among them, the bountiful and scenic Breede River Valley wine region.
Of course, there are more than merely a few types of white wine on offer for the discerning white wine enthusiast. Whether your palate prefers a full-bodied white over a lighter white wine, or a fruity white over a dry white wine – South Africa is a top producer of several internationally renowned white wines of distinction.
In recent years, there’s been a growing emphasis on sustainability and organic practices in the South African wine industry. This reflects many local wine producers’ deep commitment to the environment, as well as future generations. Many South African wine farms now employ sustainable farming methods, such as permaculture, as well as exploring renewable energy sources.
The list of excellent white wine cultivars produced in our country is long, but shining examples include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc wine, as well as Viognier, white sparkling wine and, of course, the ever-popular white blend.
Chardonnay wines' maturation in oak may lend flavours of spice, toast and vanilla, while malolactic fermentation results in rich flavours and a creamier texture.
Sauvignon Blanc wines from warmer regions often display tropical and yellow fruit flavours, while cooler growing regions make for Sauvignon Blancs that are more herbaceous in flavour.
Chenin Blanc is known for its complexity of flavours, high acidity and the ability to become highly concentrated. It can become a still dry white wine, a sparkling or dessert wine, as well as a strong, distilled brandy.
When it comes to sparkling white wine, local winemakers are free to explore a diverse range of varietals from which to create Cap Classique wines, with a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend the most popular.
Lastly, the white blend is enjoying a splendid revival. Creating blends allow winemakers much creative freedom, often resulting in singular, unforgettable white wines.
Whether you’re an avid white wine enthusiast or just setting out on your wine journey – our country is a treasure trove of delightful wine experiences just waiting to be uncorked.
Cheers to the joys of a well-crafted South African white wine!
Alvi’s Drift is a working farm and not generally open to the public for wine tastings.
However, we can sometimes accommodate special wine-tasting requests. Whether you wish to visit us for a private wine tasting, or want us to be part of your special event, please tell us more and let’s see what we can arrange.