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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Subregions of Coastal Region

  • Constantia

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

  • Tygerberg

Popular Wineries in Coastal Region View all

  • Flagstone Winery

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

  • Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate

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

  • Obikwa

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

  • Laibach

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

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  • Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch Unfiltered 2000


    Smooth, fruity with a taste of earth...loved it but not as good as Nederburg '02 Cabernet Sauvignon. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch Unfiltered 2000


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Nederberg Special Late Harvest 2011


    Sweet and refreshing, with subtle honey notes. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch Unfiltered 2005


    Great wine! And it's maturity shows with its intense fruits and elegant spices and oak! Hoping to come across another bottle of the 2005 soon... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company Rosé Blend Goats Do Roam Rosé 2011


    This smells spicy and citrussy with a small wild berry kind of fruit and some salty, mineral aromas. Lean and fresh, this delivers a lovely raspberry juice tone on the palate with soft suggestions of tree bark and dried spices adding definition. Really fresh and juicy. Though this does turn a bit lean on the finish, it still pumps out the raspbe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Backsberg Estate Pinotage 2010


    Ripe flavors of strawberry and raspberry coat the palate with a touch of rosemary and summer herbs to tickle the taste buds! A lovely red wine for flat-bread pizza or BBQ Ribs, the medium body keeps this light and refreshing with just a touch of sweetness; yum! Read More

    Wine review by cjcribb

  • Eagles' Nest Shiraz Constantia 2008


    Winemaker Stewart Botha shared his exceptional 2008 vintage of Eagles Nest Shiraz with me in March 2012. This is a different style of Shiraz from cool climate Constantia Glen that sets itself apart from the South African norm. Extremely concentrated and ripe with black fruit and accents of sweet spice and leather, it is a wine of huge structure,... Read More

    Wine review by Mary John Baumann

  • Spier Frans K Smit 2005


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    Wine review by Rene Nellemose

  • Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc Constantia Beyond 2011


    Lightly aromatic on the nose with a nice white pepper tone over gentle fruit. Very crisp and focused in the mouth, delivering gently sweet citrus and lightly peachy fruit. This has real pop on the palate with good clarity to the fruit. Not fancy, this is a fresh, crisp and nicely balanced wine that finishes with a touch of stony minerality and n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc Groenekloof Premium Range Neil Ellis-Sudafrika-Stellenbosch-Stellenbosch 2010


    This is green fruited and lightly sweet smelling with a lovely, sweetly vegetal, cut grass undercurrent on the nose. A touch of CO2 helps add brightness on the palate and a little prickle on the tongue. This opens rather broadly on the palate with nice tension, but the fruit is a touch matte. Citrus fruits and cut grass notes on the long, bright... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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