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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Obikwa

    A South African Winery specializing in classic South African grape varieties such as Sauvignon ...

  • 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...

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  • 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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    Wine review by jaygatsby


  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • Diemersdal Unwooded Chardonnay Chardonnay Durbanville 2012

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    My wife and I are not white wine drinkers. This came as part of a subscription to the South African Winemakers Guild along with a Merlot from the same winery. Overall this is a nice simple Chardonnay. It is unwooded so there is a smoother feel to this than other Chardonnays that I have had. Overall not a bad wine but not one that I would go seek... Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Two Oceans Cabernet Suvignon 2010

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Constantia 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • This is a pretty great thead.  Jen - that wine is a classic Rioja. They're arguably the oldest producer in the region and I've had their reservas going back to the early 1900s - they never seem to die. Good intro whether you drink it now or in several years.NG - not a Pinot Noir fan it's true, but that Failla could convert me. It's seriously goo... Read More

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  • Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2011

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    Wine review by lynnjp


  • Goats Do Roam Rose 2010

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    Excellent, inexpensive blend. Read More

    Wine review by gaudiumvino67


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