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Five African wines making a splash

Updated 5:56 AM ET, Thu January 9, 2014
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South Africa's world-famous vineyards lead the continent in wine production, but other African nations are making inroads in the wine industry. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Leleshwa wines are produced by Kenya's Rift Valley Winery, from grapes grown at vineyards thousands of meters above sea level. courtesy Leleshwa Wine
Its makers say Leleshwa is a Maasai word, named for the leleshwa tree, which is common in the Naivasha area. courtesy leleshwa wine
Zimbabwe's Charlevale: With a cut-grass character and light oak flavor, this refreshing wine is aged for up to five years. Courtesy: Bushman Rock
Bushman Rock ages its wines in its French oak barriques. The winery boasts a wide variety including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat, Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Courtesy: Bushman Rock
Bushman Rock vineyard: The climate and soils in Melfort, Zimbabwe, create suitable conditions for wine production in the Bordeaux style. Bushman Rock claims it is producing unique Zimbabwean wines in the old world fashion. Courtesy: Bushman Rock
Tej: In Ethiopia, Tej wine has been produced in many forms for millennia, made from pure organic honey, and sun-dried "gesho," a plant that grows in the highlands of Ethiopia. Courtesy: Heritage Wines
Dodoma: Tanazania 's Dodoma region produces three wines -- dry white, red and "natural sweet." The area's dry earth, sandy soil and low humidity is suitable for producing dry white and red wines. Courtesy: Tanzania Distilleries