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Grape Varieties

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Long dominated by white varieties, and Chenin Blanc in particular, South Africa post-apartheid saw extensive replanting with red grape varieties. The proportion of acres planted to white varieties fell from 84 percent in 1990 to 55 percent in 2013, as globally popular grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot came on strong (and the traditional South African variety Pinotage also did well, with extensive new plantings in the mid-1990s). At the same time, the white varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also etched a firm place in the South African wine scene.



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