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.
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
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