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South Africa is one of the most exciting countries when it comes to producing wines. Not only are the wine regions famous for producing delicious but affordable wines, it is also responsible for producing higher-end wines too.
In recent years South Africa has become a major player in the British wine market. To help you better understand the country’s wine production, here’s a closer look at the different wine regions.
Famous for producing Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Burgundy-style Chardonnay, Walker Bay is one of the key districts in Cape South Coast.
These Vineyards enjoy long summers with plenty of sunshine and cool south-easterly breezes, which make for a slow ripening process that results in grapes with concentrated flavours.
Another district worth mentioning is Elgin, known for its aromatic wines.
The Region of Olifants River is known for its mass production of high-quality wine. Wie has been grown in this region since the 1700’s and is known globally for the wine it produces.
The region grows a huge variety of grapes and produces wines including; Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
With a Mediterranean climate, mountainous landscapes, and highly nutritious soils, this region produces some truly outstanding commercial wines.
One of the most beautiful landscapes in South Africa, The Klein Karoo region stretches over a series of mountains. Its hot and dry climate means that growers must ensure that there is enough water to produce healthy and juicy grapes.
This region produces port-style wines that are often compared to their rivals in Portugal. Organic grapes are preferred here and are grown in order to produce wonderful wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
The Coastal Region in South Africa is the most important wine region in South Africa and is home to its best wine districts. A wide variety of grapes can be grown in this region due to its rich terrain.
South Africa’s most famous wine district in this region is Stellenbosch, where Pinotage wine was born along with its famous Cabernet Sauvignon which is often blended with merlot to create Bordeaux style wines.
Other well known wine districts in this region include: Darling, Paarl and Swartland, where Shiraz, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are grown throughout.
The Breede River Valley has a very hot climate and sits at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in South Africa. One of its most successful districts is Robertson, where fruity reds and sparkling wines are produced.
The lime found in the soil can give wines a mineral quality, which adds flavour depth and complexity to the wines. Robertson in particular has a lime-rich soil similar to that of Burgundy in France.
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