12 Most Popular Wines in Kenya

Introduction

Wine is the elegant companion to our meals. The celebratory toast at our gatherings, and sometimes, just the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Wine has been with us for centuries, with different cultures and regions developing their unique varieties and styles. 

In recent years, certain wines have risen to the top becoming popular wines. These wines have captured the hearts and palates of wine lovers and casual drinkers alike. From bold, fruit-driven reds that’ll make your taste buds swoon to crisp, refreshing whites ideal for beating the heat, Kenyan wine lovers are getting to experience some serious wine delights.

Let us take you on a virtual tour of the most popular wines in Kenya. Join us as we explore what makes them so special, their flavour profiles, and the regions where they are produced.  We will also provide insider tips for pairing them with food to take your dining experience to new heights. Who knows, you may just discover your new favourite wine along the way🍷!

The wines are categorized by country of origin.

a) South Africa

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular wine in Kenya

1. Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the renowned Paarl region of South Africa. This white dry wine is among the most popular wines in Kenya. With its deep ruby colour and aromas of ripe blackcurrants and subtle oak notes, it offers a full-bodied, velvety texture and flavours of dark fruit, cedar, and a hint of tobacco. The Nederburg estate has been perfecting its winemaking craft since way back in 1791, so you know the Nederburg wines are made with some serious skill and passion.

The grapes for this wine are meticulously sourced from select vineyards in Paarl. The climate here is warm, and dry and has well-drained soils that are ideal for cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine undergoes a careful ageing process of between 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels. This allows it to develop its complex flavours and velvety texture.

Pairing: This is a must-try wine for any steak lover. Fire up the grill and let the Nederburg Cab work its magic alongside juicy ribs. You can also pair it with hearty stews, or aged cheese.

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Sweet Red South African Wine

2. 4th Street Sweet Red

If you’re a fan of fruitier, more approachable reds, then the 4th Street Sweet Red should be right up your alley. This sweet red blend from South Africa boasts aromas of ripe berries and vanilla, offering a luscious, fruit-forward palate with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of spice. You will agree with me that this is one of the most popular wines in Kenya.

Crafted from a careful selection of red grape varieties, including Shiraz and Cinsault, this wine strikes a perfect balance between fruit-driven sweetness and a smooth, easy-drinking character. The winemakers at 4th Street have mastered the art of creating approachable yet flavorful sweet red blends that appeal to a wide range of palates.

Pairing: Pair the 4th Street Sweet Red with barbecued meats, spicy dishes, or even desserts like chocolate cake for a real treat. Its fruit-forward character and a touch of sweetness make it a versatile companion for a variety of culinary delights.

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Most popular wines in Kenya, Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc

3. Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc

Produced from the cool-climate Durbanville region of South Africa, the Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing and zesty white wine. With its pale straw colour and aromas of grapefruit, lime, and fresh-cut grass, it offers a crisp, lively palate with vibrant citrus flavours.

The cool breezes and well-drained soils of the Durbanville region create a unique terroir that is perfectly suited for cultivating Sauvignon Blanc grapes with intense flavours and vibrant acidity.

Pairing: The Durbanville Sauv is a seafood’s best friend – make sure to pair it with fresh fish or seafood dishes or fresh salads to really let those citrus notes sing.

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Most popular wines in Kenya,Robertson Sweet Red

4. Robertson Sweet Red

Another beloved sweet red blend from South Africa’s Robertson region, the Robertson Sweet Red boasts enticing aromas of ripe berries and hints of spice. On the palate, it offers a luscious, fruit-forward character with flavours of strawberry, raspberry, and a touch of sweetness.

The Robertson region, located in the Western Cape, is renowned for its warm, sunny climate and fertile soils, which are ideal for cultivating a wide range of grape varieties. The winemakers in this region have mastered the art of crafting sweet red blends that strike a perfect balance between fruit-driven sweetness and a smooth, easy-drinking character.

Pairing: The Robertson Sweet’s bright fruit flavours make it a killer pairing partner for spicy dishes that need a touch of sweetness to counter the heat. It’s also a natural match for fruity desserts. Or heck, just sip it on its own at your next relaxed gathering or at home – it’s that approachable!

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Drostdy Hof Wines

5. Drostdy Claret Select

Take a trip to South Africa’s Western Cape through a glass of the rich Drostdy Claret Select. This wine has aromas of ripe black fruits, cedar, and a hint of tobacco. On the palate, it offers a full-bodied, structured character with flavours of blackcurrant, plum, and a touch of oak.

This Bordeaux-style blend is a testament to the exceptional wine-making skills of the Drostdy estate, which has been producing world-class wines since 1693. The grapes for this wine are meticulously sourced from select vineyards in the Western Cape, where the warm, dry climate and well-drained soils are ideal for cultivating the classic Bordeaux grape varieties.

Pairing: Pair the Drostdy Claret Select with grilled or roasted red meats, hearty stews, or aged cheeses for a truly indulgent experience. Its full-bodied structure and complex flavours make it an excellent companion for flavorful dishes.

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6. Cellar Cask Natural Sweet Red

The Cellar Cask Natural Sweet Red is a delightful South African wine that has gained popularity among those who appreciate a touch of sweetness in their reds. With aromas of ripe red berries and hints of vanilla, this wine offers the palate with flavours of strawberry, raspberry, and a subtle sweetness.

The grapes used to make this wine are meticulously sourced from vineyards in the Western Cape region, where the warm, sunny climate and diverse soils contribute to the wine’s ripe, fruit-driven character.

What sets this wine apart is its natural sweetness, achieved through a careful vinification process that preserves the natural sugars in the grapes. This beautifully balanced, fruit-driven wine, with just a kiss of sweetness, makes it one of the most popular wines in Kenya.

Pairing: The Cellar Cask Natural Sweet Red is a versatile companion for a variety of occasions and meals. Enjoy it slightly cool, and pair it with barbecued meats, spicy dishes, or fruit-based desserts. 

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b) France

Buy Pierre Marcel Online in Nairobi

7. Pierre Marcel

The Pierre Marcel is a sweet red wine from France. It has gained popularity in Kenya in recent years. With its deep ruby colour and aromas of ripe black fruits, complemented by hints of vanilla and spice, this wine offers a smooth, well-rounded palate with flavours of blackberry, plum, and a touch of mocha.

Pairing: Pair the Pierre Marcel with grilled or roasted meats, hearty pasta dishes, or mushrooms for a truly indulgent experience. 

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c) German

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8. Rosso Nobile al Cioccolata

Rosso Nobile al Cioccolata is a chocolate-flavoured red wine from Germany. This wine is sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings. This wine has aromas of ripe dark fruits, cherries, and dark chocolate. The chocolate and fruit aromas will get you hooked after the first taste and then you will understand why it is a popular wine.

Pairing: For all you chocolate lovers, this German red is a must when indulging in any chocolate desserts, fresh berries, or a plate of creamy cheeses. It can also pair nicely with grilled meats or dishes featuring warming spices like cinnamon or a kick of chili pepper.

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9. Bianco Nobile Alla Vaniglia

Bianco Nobile Alla Vaniglia is a captivating white wine blend infused with the essence of vanilla. Its aroma is a delightful interplay of sweet, fruity white grape notes and warm vanilla accents. 

On the palate, it envelops you in a velvety texture, with rich chocolate flavours taking centre stage, leading to a delicately lingering finish. 

Pairing: Served chilled, Bianco Nobile Alla Vaniglia can be paired with sweet desserts.

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d) Spain

10. Mucho Mas

The Mucho Mas is a Spanish red blend that has captured the hearts and palates of wine lovers worldwide, especially in Kenya. With its aromas of ripe red and black fruits, complemented by hints of vanilla and spice, this wine offers a smooth, well-rounded texture with flavours of blackberry, plum, and a touch of mocha. This is a fast-rising wine becoming one of the most popular wines.

The Mucho Mas is crafted from a careful selection of grape varieties, including Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Syrah. This wine showcases the exceptional winemaking skills of its Spanish producers. They meticulously source these grapes from select vineyards. The warm Mediterranean climate and diverse soils contribute to the wine’s rich flavours and complexity.

Pairing: Pair the Mucho Mas with grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes, or aged cheeses for a delightful dining experience. 

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f) Moldova

Asconi Pastrol as a House Wine

11. Asconi Pastoral

The Asconi Pastoral is a Moldovan red blend that captivates wine lovers with its unique character and flavours. Its deep ruby colour and aromas of ripe red fruits, spice, and toast stand out. The well-structured palate offers flavours of blackberry, plum, and a touch of mocha.

The Asconi Pastoral wine is made from a careful blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz grape varieties. The wine features prominent notes of red fruits, such as ripe cherries and juicy plums, which provide a fruity sweetness. These flavours are complemented by subtle hints of spice, adding complexity and depth to the wine. The smooth and rounded finish ensures a pleasant and lingering taste.

Pairing: The Asconi Pastoral pairs beautifully with grilled or roasted meats, hearty stews, and aged cheeses.

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g) Tanzania

Best wines for women in Kenya; Altar Wine

12. Altar Wine

Traditionally used for religious purposes, Altar Wines can also be enjoyed outside of that context as a rich, full-bodied red. With aromas of ripe black fruits, complemented by hints of spice and toast, this wine offers a full-bodied, structured palate with flavours of blackberry, plum, and a touch of cedar.

What sets this one apart is its distinctly sweet, rich taste. The luscious sweetness balances with a smooth, velvety finish that glides over your palate, making it an addictive sipper. Its high alcoholic percentage makes one of the most popular wines.

Pairing: Pair the Altar Wine with desserts or cheese platters. 

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Conclusion

The world of wine is vast and varied, offering something for every taste, preferences and occasion. As the Kenyan wine market continues to grow and diversify, there is an increase in the impressive selection of both local and international wines. As you try the above popular wines, remember that the best wine is not just about the taste—it’s about the moments, the company, and the experiences that come with it.

Whether you are hosting a dinner party, celebrating a special occasion, or enjoying a quiet evening at home, we hope these wines make your experience memorable.

Cheers to discovering and enjoying the finest wines🍷!

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