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Historical region that’s tucked away in the smart southern suburbs of Cape Town (this is where the first vineyards were planted in South Africa), now undergoing a bit of a revival. As well as being a beautiful region, the vineyards are ideally sited on the slopes of Constantia Mountain, where they are cooled by the sea breezes
Newish cool-climate region east of Stellenbosch, which is still predominantly a fruit-growing area. Because of the altitude, it’s usually a good few degrees cooler than the main wineland regions.
The Franschhoek valley is a small but significant region, inland (to the west) of Stellenbosch. Surrounded by
the spooky sounding Drakenstein mountains, the
wide variety of soils and relatively high rainfall permits production of a wide variety of wine styles. It’s a hotter region than Stellenbosch, and with its profusion of trendy restaurants it can rightfully claim to be the gourmet capital of the winelands. An easy day trip from Cape Town.
Well known region north-west of Cape Town, and home to several leading producers, including Veenwouden, Nederburg, Fairview, Glen Carlou and Plaisir de
Merle. Traditionally a white wine region, but with its Mediterranean climate and terroirs it’s now focusing more on reds. Hotter than Stellenbosch, so the very best wines come from the more elevated vineyards.
Walker Bay:
This cool-climate wine region, on the Whale Coast to the south of Cape Town, is on the up: just a few producers so far, but Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson are now making classy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc shows promise.
Hot (thermally, that is) wine region located inland from Cape Town. The production here is dominated by several large cooperatives.
Wine Of Origin:
Although winemaking in South Africa dates back over 300 years, it was only in 1972 that legislation waspassed to recognise and protect the distinctive qualities that wine derives from certain areas, estates and grape varieties. There are six proclaiming areas:
A geographical Unit:
Is a combination of production areas such as Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal.
A Region:
Is a combination of districts or parts of districts, or it can be a separate area such as Klein Karoo, Cape South Coast, Breede River Valley etc. Some wines are blends across the regions.
A District:
Is a geographical demarcation, such as Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Robertson.
A Ward:
Is a smaller homogeneous area normally within the boundaries of adistrict, e.g. Durbanville.
Estate Wine:
Must be a wine of origin from one of the areas above, but must additionally be grown, made and bottled on a farm, registered as a unit for the production of estate wine.
Single Vineyard Wine:
Must be both a wine of origin from one of the areas above and a single variety grown on one vineyard block, registered as a unit for the production of a single vineyard wine.
Some 120 km east of Cape Town, next door to Worcester, this hot region is rather paradoxically best known for its whites. De Wetshof, Springfield and Graham Beck are among the leading producers here.
Just a short distance east of Cape Town, this is the country’s leading wine area, and is home to many of the country’s leading estates. The town itself is dominated by the University, and despite its relatively large size
has quite a relaxed feel. Vineyards fringed by mountains make for some lovely views, and the wine route, which takes tourists through several different trails, is well marked out. There are several different subregions, and the geology here is quite complex. Simplistically, the granite-based soils in the east are especially suited to the production of fine red wines, whereas the sandstone soils in the west are best for whites.
Large region to the north of Cape Town, mostly given over to wheat farming. Rainfall is light, so irrigation is usually needed. The cooperatives dominate.
Wine of origin stated on the wine list are not necessarily where the farm is situated, but rather where the grapes are sourced from.
These wines and their vintages are subject to availability. No corkage or bring your own allowed.
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