Breede River Valley Wine Descriptions
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The Breede River Valley is a low altitude, flat wine region in South Africa. Much of it has a hot and dry climate that is mostly too intense for cultivating grapes for still wine, but conducive to fortified wines made from Hanespoot (Muscat) and Muscadelle. However, there are areas which benefit from a more temperate climate, allowing the production of table wines.
Breede River Valley is divided into these subregions:
*Breedekloof: this district benefits from a more temperate climate and mountain slopes, with an array of soil types. Boutique and cooperative wineries produce everything from sparkling, table and dessert wines. Rich expressions of Pinotage and Shiraz are produced along with fruit-forward Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
*Robertson: also possesses growing conditions for quality table wines, where vineyards are situated at higher elevations.
*Swellendam: at the heart of the region, benefits from cooling effects from the Langeberg mountain range.
*Worcester: known for its table wines and its many distillers for brandy and other spirits.
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