Perfect food pairings for South African wines

South Africa's cuisine is as varied and wonderful as the wines and the people of this diverse country. Notably influenced by the French, Italians and Portuguese, the flavours from the Cape fuse African classics with European techniques. Probably the most potent influence of all on Cape cooking was that of the Indonesians, who were wonderful cooks and introduced aromatically spiced dishes to the menu.

Food and wine are a way of life in the Cape and matching dishes to different styles of wine is a great way to explore the flavours of South Africa. Find some exciting food pairings here, matched to red, white, rosé and sweet wines.

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Fancy a glass of Shiraz, a decadent dessert wine or a crisp Sauvignon? Whatever your preference, there's a perfect recipe to accompany it. Select your choice of wine below to find that perfect recipe now.

Red wine

Enjoy a South African Pinotage with red meat dishes like marinated springbok with black pepper brioche or go for a ripe juicy Shiraz with a hearty bobotie.

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White wine

Try a versatile Chenin Blanc as a gorgeous accompaniment to pienang curry or a zingy Sauvignon Blanc with smoked salmon.

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Rosé wine

The perfect accompaniment to light, summer fare and slightly spicy dishes like pink prawns with green mango atjar and fresh figs filled with spicy chickpeas.

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Sweet wine

A glass of something opulent and sticky is the ultimate indulgence with dessert. Try a sweet wine with desserts including traditional milk tart or koeksisters.

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