South Africa’s Most Expensive Wines

Although it has been producing wine for over 350 years and is the ninth largest wine producing country in the world, South Africa is considered a new world wine country, unlike France and Italy which are considered old world.

South Africa is most famous for five different varietals: Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Colombard. The country operates under a “Wine of Origin (WO)” program, which means any WO wine produced in the country must be composed entirely of grapes of its region. The system is broken down into four hierarchical categories: geographical units, regions, districts, and then wards, to help keep all of the country’s listings organized.

The best part about South African wines is their price. Because of their “new world” status, they fly a little bit under the radar. Some of the world’s best wines come out of this beautiful nation but they aren’t as famous as say a French or Italian wine and therefore are at a lower price.

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Below is a list of the five most expensive wines in South Africa. You’ll notice that all of the vintages are at least five years old!


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Rated as the best of its year in 2007 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Abraham Perold 1998 Shiraz is a total crowd pleaser. Its delicate berry, pepper, and spice flavors bring a luscious minerality to this beautiful Shiraz. $155

The Vergelegen 2001 V Red is a gorgeous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc which gives it that classic Bordeaux style flavor balance. It’s ever so slightly different, however, as it brings more of a greener flavor profile of bell pepper and bramble aromas. $145

Elegant in its Old World style, the Hartenberg 2005 Grave Hill Shiraz has sumptuous flavors of smoke, cloves, and black currant, which bring a richness and elegance to the entire profile. These qualities make it a true South African Shiraz. $139

The Sadie Family Winery is one of the most celebrated in South Africa and their 2011 Columella Red perfectly exemplifies that. The elegant blend brings a beautiful bouquet of scents like rooibos tea, African violets, and black fruits. $130

The 2010 Schist Syrah is part of a newer line from the Mullineux Winery and it really shows off their sense of terroir. With a bold minerality, this bottle red berry and herbal notes to create a gorgeous flavor. $128



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