The Cape winelands is where the majority of South African wines come from, these winelands stretches from multi-directional slopes to the rugged mountains and multi-directional slopes of the coastal regions. It also reaches the grasslands of the Klein Karoo, a place where viticulture takes place in riverine valleys. The vineyards are commonly situated near the coast in the Western Cape. Fynbos and renosterveld vegetation flourish and the rainfall on the coastal side, where 1,000 mm rain falls a year.
99 463 Hectares of vines covering over 800 km in length is where premium grapes are grown to produce the finest wines. Six regions in the Western Cape is geographically perfect for grape vines including Cape South Coast, Breede River Valley, Coastal Region, Klein Karoo, Cape South Coast, Olifants River and Boberg. Fortified wines comes from Franschhoek, Paarl, Tulbagh and Wellington, which comprehend 26 various districts plus 69 smaller districts. Four additional geographical units exist in Northern Cape, including the production areas Hartswater, Douglas, Central Orange River, Rietrivier and Sutherland Karoo, which includes the manufacturing area St Francis Bay and Limpopo.
The Bot River ward is the entrance to Walker Bay and comprehends the Bot River valley, elongating from t River lagoon to foothills of the Babylonstoren mountain ranges. The area is cool maritime microclimate, which contains cooling afternoon winds blowing off the sea. Soils are homogenous predominantly Glen Rosa and Table Mountain sandstone. Wines from this area include Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and fare above all well here. This is the home of eclectic mix of handcrafted winegrowers and its rustic appeal lies in its idiosyncratic character.
Characterised by flourishing vineyards on muddy valley soils with passable drainage and covers a large quantity of the Breede River Valley and its streams. Marked variations include the soils and mesoclimates in the diverse river valleys. This region incorporates the Slanghoek wards. There are some 21 wineries on the Breedekloof Wine Route.
South Africa Top wines from 2006 to 2015 include in white wines, Chardonnay’s such as Ataraxic, Chamonix Reserve, Fleur du Cap, Groot Constantia, Hamilton Russell, Jordan Barrel Fermented, Jordan Nine Yards, Mulderbosch Barrel Fermented, Oak Valley, Paul Cluver, Rustenberg Five Soldiers and Sumaridge.
In Chenin Blanc great whites include Beaumont Hope Marguerite, Bellingham, The Bernard Series Old Vine, DeMorgenzon Reserve, Kanu KCB and Stellenrust Barrel Fermented.
The finest selection of red wines include Cabernet Franc’s such as Raats Family and Warwick, for the lover of Cabernet Sauvignon these are highly recommended, Boekenhoutskloof, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered, Guardian Peak Lapa, Kanonkop, Le Riche Reserve, Cederberg Five Generations, Nederburg Private Bin R163, Rustenberg Peter Barlow, Stark-Condé Three Pines, Thelema and Waterford.
Sparkling wines well worth trying include Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet, Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest, Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Natural Sweet Muscadel and Nederburg Reserve Noble Late Harvest.
Sweet unfortified desserts include Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet, Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest, Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Natural Sweet Muscadel and Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest.
When visiting South Africa it is well worth going on any of the wine tasting routes in the Cape winelands and once tasted, you are bound to take some with you to enjoy later.