Coastal Region Wine

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The Coastal Region, within the Western Cape district, is considered the heart of the South African wine industry. Though it covers a lot of land, most of the wineries surround the Northern Cape and Cape Peninsula. Toward the coast, both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans provide climatic influences to cool down the hot, arid daytime weather, ensuring a balance of alcohol, sugars and acidity in the grapes. Farther inland, the terrain is more elevated, and the weather is generally cooler, with varietals planted that are more suitable to cool-climate conditions. There are also variations in soil types from clay to limestone and varying degrees of moisture retention. 
 
With this variance of climate and soil is a range of varietals that are grown. Pinotage and Chenin Blanc dominate the landscape, but others such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are also cultivated.
 
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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Coastal Region

  • Constantia

      Constantia is just outside of Cape Town, in the lower slopes of Constantiaberg Mountain in...

  • Tygerberg

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  • Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate

    The farm of Boekenhoutskloof wasoriginally granted to Huguenot settlers in1776. For two hundre...

  • diemersdal wine estate

    In 1698 Simon van der Stel granted farmland to free burgher, Hendrik Sneewind. Later, the farm c...

  • Laibach

    At Laibach Vineyards we are committed to producing wines of outstanding quality, that best reflec...

  • Flagstone Winery

    Flagstone is a small but frequently awarded winery with a selection of wines built around winemak...

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  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually we're partly surrounded by Washington State.  The islands in the middle photo belong to Washington!  The southern part of Vancouver Island (where Victoria is) is below the Canada/US border (the 49th parallel). The Oregon Treaty set the U.S. and British North American border at the ... Read More

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  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Dessert Wine 2006

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    A beautiful desert wine like few others, although also goes very well as an after dinner wine by itself. Full of flavors. Sadly very hard to find here in the US. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • Boukenhootskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2013

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    Bright, effusive even on the nose with sweetly candied violet and sour plum aromas along with gamy hints of leather and a suggestion of ginger and spicy mushroom. A touch low in acid in the mouth, this is a little rough around the edges with fresh tannins adding some textural detail. the flavors are a touch cooked with jammy black cherry notes ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Durbanville 2013

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    Light, fresh, and floral. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2011

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    Tight and focused on the nose with a smoky top note and lots of sour red fruits framed with hints of sweet green spices and perhaps a hint of banana and band aid on the nose. With a very attractive blend of lightness and richness on the palate, this delivers a lovely textured wine, supported by integrated acids and rounded soft tannins. the frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Greetings to all from sunny Languedoc, thanks for taking the time to resond, I appreciate the welcome and the questions (although I cannot answer all of them, or necessarily provide as much detail as you might hope for, as I work full time as well as raising a family). To respond briefly to the questions: Cahors is not in Languedoc-Roussillon (i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Helping hand in Languedoc...


  • Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    A bit simple but intense on the nose with a one-two punch of cut grass and gooseberries. Simple on the palate as well though crisp and juicy with lovely if delicate fruit that shows flashes of golden raspberries surrounding gooseberry and grapefruit pith flavors. Finishing with a nice bracing edge and good length this is a bit small scaled by ve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barrels are not being replaced by stainless steel for economic reasons. I don't know who started that story but it's utterly false. Back in the 1970s when the US wine industry was first taking off, women were entering the workplace for the first time. They used to have all kinds of bars around that served a "businessman's lunch", because most pe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...


  • Ok, here's the site: about-france.com, proffering 'French wines--a short guide'. Maybe you have to be just a little wine-geeky and well interested in French wines to catch the absurdity, but I wonder how many poor souls have been led astray by the very confused writer up to now? Too many people tend to believe published material, even on the Int... Read More

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  • Flagstone Red Blend Dragon Tree 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by jaygatsby


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