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South Africa

South Africa is home to the oldest soils in the world, helping produce some of the best wines as well. Although it hasn’t been world renowned as a quality wine producing country, this is only by misconception. We believe South Africa produces some of the best wines in the world at any price, all the way from inexpensive, great value whites and reds, to world class Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the like; South Africa is and should be considered among the best of the best. The rolling landscapes and extreme level of diversity highlight what is an amazing country not only for wine, but for all walks of life.

South African Wine of Origin System

Geographical Areas: South Africa is divided into 6 large geographical areas, including the Western Cape
Regions: There are 6 regions, all in the Western Cape, including the Coastal Region & the Cape South Coast.
District: There are many districts, which are what regions are divided up into.
Ward: Wards are sub-regions within a distric

Constantia

WO Designation: A Ward within the Cape Town District
History: Founded in 1685 near Cape Town,  Governor Simon van de Stel’s Constantia Estate started producing a sweet wine called Vin de Constance, becoming the first new world wine Europeans swooned over. After dividing up the large vineyard once owned by one person, and many years of changes – you reach today – where 5 estates now own and occupy the historical Constantia Vineyard.
 
Grape Specialization:
          Red: Merlot, Syrah
          White: Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: Constantia as a whole is most well know for dessert wines made from the Muscat de Frontignan grape. Sauvignon Blanc has started nipped at its heels, though, as the climate is perfect for cool climate white grapes like the aforementioned.

Elgin

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WO Designation: A District within the Cape South Coast Region
History: The Elgin Valley was named in the late 1800’s for a locally born child “Elgine Herold”. The Molteno brothers revolutionized farming in the valley in the 1950’s, as their ordered their vast “Glen Elgin” farm to be divided up amongst all of the locals. This event, coupled with the railway Elgin, preserved the name Elgin for the whole valley.
Grape(s) Specialization:
           Red: Pinot Noir
          White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: The rolling hills of Elgin make for a diverse region, with many soil types and more wild vegetation than almost anywhere in the world. The winds coming from the Walker Bay and Benguela Cove mediate the temperatures, helping produce some of the best sparkling wine, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in the world.

Franschhoek

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WO Designation: A District within the Cape South Coast Region
History: A Ward of the Paarl District until 2010, Franschhoek Valley was a site claimed by French Huguenot settlers in the late 17th century.
Grape(s) Specialization:
          Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc
          White: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc
Notes: Franschhoek is just a short drive over the mountains from Stellenbosch, but the look of the area is much different.You will notice many farms that bear the original French names, with many being in amazing Cape Dutch homesteads with rolling vineyards and towering oak trees.

Hemel en Aarde "Heaven on Earth"

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WO Designation: A Ward within the Walker Bay Region of the Cape South Coast District
History: Hemel en Aarde is translated to English as “Heaven & Earth”, and you see that right away when you are there. The first vineyards were planed in 1975 by Tim Hamilton Russel, and the valley hasn’t looked back. The quality is as high as ever, and recognition is following quickly.
Grape(s) Specialization:
         Red: Pinot Noir, Pinotage
         White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: Burgundy grapes thrive in what is known as one of the best areas in the world for the world class grapes. Some of the best, if not the best, wine of its kind in the world is being made here.

Stellenbosch

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WO Designation: A District within the Coastal Region
History: The roots of Stellenbosch date back to the 17th century, with soils that date back to the most ancient times. Surrounded by 3 mountains, Helderberg, Simonsberg and Stellenbosch, this valley is home to some of the best wine in the world.
Grape(s) Specialization:
          Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
          White: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: This is South Africa’s most prominent winemaking region, their answer to the Napa and Bordeaux. Meaning “Town of Oaks” – it is easily the capital of all things wine for the country.

Swartland

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WO Designation: A District within the Cape South Coast Region
History: Founded first in 1655, and after many battles the area was dubbed the Swartland. The original founder of the South African wine industry, Jan van Riebeeck call this region ‘Het Zwarte Land’ which means, the black land because of the darker appearance the soils took on when viewed from a distance, hence the name “Swartland”
Grape(s) Specialization:
          Red: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage
         White: Chenin Blanc
Notes: The Swartland is known for all of its upstart, new wave of winemakers, who have brought prominence and allure to an otherwise not so sought-after region. The Swartland is now as popular as any wine growing region in South Africa.

Walker Bay

WO Designation: A District within the Cape South Coast Region
Grape(s) Specialization:
          Red: Pinot Noir, Pinotage
          White: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: Walker Bay will be one many bottlings of wines from the region. Due to the strict regulations behind using the more well known Wards, like Hemel en Aarde, many wineries label their wines as Walker Bay so they do not have to re label each year. It contains six total wards including the world famous Hemel en Aarde Valley (Heaven & Earth).
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