South Africa - 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 mountains. Wellington, which supplies over 85% of the South African wine industry with cuttings, also boasts some 30 wine producers ranging from historical estates to boutique wineries. In winter, snow sometimes covers the mountain tops and night temperatures are generally cooler than at the coast some 60km away.
Robertson, dubbed the ‘valley of vines and roses’, lime-rich soils make the area eminently suitable for wine-growing. Situated in the Breede River valley, the river is the lifeblood of this lower rainfall region. Although summer temperatures can be high, cooling south-easterly winds channel moisture laden air into the valley.