Wine Enthusiast Podcast: The Insane Appeal of South African Chardonnay

An illustration of a bottle of wine with the South African flag on it
Illustration by Ellen Surrey

In this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast, we talk about the world’s most popular white wine grape: Chardonnay.

Say its name, and wine lovers typically turn to well-established “classic” regions for the variety: Burgundy and California. But what about the rest of the world? Surely there are other locations suited to quality Chardonnay production—why does Burgundy and California seem to get all the love?

Well, we’re out to shift that default thinking here and now. And we have two words for you: South Africa.

The beautiful wines of South Africa bridge Old and New wine worlds in one delicious sip. Graham Weerts, winemaker for Capensis Wines in South Africa as well as winemaker at Stonestreet Estate in California’s Alexander Valley and Senior Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Jackson Family Wines, helps us explore why the country should be in your regular rotation for exemplary Chards of brilliance and balance.

With so many appellations worthy of delicious discovery, from Stellenbosch to Elgin, Robertson to Hemel-en-Aarde, and world-class winemakers to keep an eye on, buck the norm and consider the beauty that South African Chardonnay has to offer next time you set out for a stunning golden pour.

To help you on your journey, check out our South African Chardonnay ratings and reviews here. You can also read more about the best Chardonnays from around the globe, or dive deeper into a region-by-region overview for where to find the best South African wine.

Published on March 3, 2021
Topics: Podcast