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How good does this banting pizza look? The banting diet has taken hold of South Africans’ imaginations in a way we haven’t seen since the potjie made a comeback. Thousands are enjoying the health and weight-loss benefits associated with the lifestyle choice.

But, where does this leave wine? Dry white red and wine  have been given the OK by Prof. Noakes. You’re looking for wines low in sugar. With this in mind, we asked Wade Bales to pick three low-carb wines to go with a  pizza – this delicious version is made with pesto, feta, artichokes and broccoli. Check out the full recipe here. While this recipe uses basic pizza dough as a base, but we’d recommend you swap it out for a cauliflower base that is gluten free, making it banting friendly.

Mischa Sauvignon Blanc 2014
This wine from the Wellington estate of Mischa gets its x-factor from the fact that it is in line of sight from the coast, so benefits from the salty breezes. Third generation winemaker Andrew Barns is doing really interesting things on the family farm. This Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example. With a crisp acidity it leads to a seamlessly layered, complex palate showing distinct mineral, fig and tropical flavours with a fresh clean finish.

Groote Post The Old Mans Blend White 2014
This relatively young wine farm has put huge energy into ensuring their wines are top quality. Their philosophy has been carried through to the cellar where only the best will be vinified with the remaining grapes being sold off.  This blend is clean and crisp, displaying the freshness and citrus tang on the nose of Sauvignon Blanc. It gets good fruit intensity from the Chenin Blanc and depth from the Semillon.

Allee Bleue Isabeau 2013
Allee Bleue in Franschhoek brings us this fresh blend of Chardonnay, Semillon and Viogner. It’s old fashioned in how prominent the oak is – plenty of vanilla and spice to go with citrus, peach and a little thatch on the nose.

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