South African wine has a history dating back to 1659 with Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town. Access to international markets led to new investment in the South African wine market. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.
There are about 60 appellations within the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which was implemented in 1973 with a hierarchy of designated production regions, districts and wards. WO wines must only contain grapes from the specific area of origin. “Single vineyard” wines must come from a defined area of less than 5 hectares.
An “Estate Wine” can come from adjacent farms if they are farmed together and wine is produced on site. A ward is an area with a distinctive soil type or climate and is roughly equivalent to a European appellation.
The Coastal Region is a significant wine-producing area in the Western Cape that forms the heart of the South African wine industry. Based around Cape…View Region
Franschhoek Valley was settled over 300 years ago by the French Huguenots and is set against the backdrop of the Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains It…View Region
Stellenbosch, 30 miles east of Cape Town, is regarded by many as the red wine capital of South Africa. The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys…View Region
Wellington & Roberston
Wellington, 45-minutes from Cape Town, stretches over alluvial terraces towards the Swartland’s rolling hills and wheat fields and towards the foothills of the towering Hawequa…View Region
Western Cape is a large ‘geographic unit’ of classification, home to the vast majority of the South African wine industry. A wide variety of wines…View Region