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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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

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  • Laibach

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

  • Obikwa

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

  • diemersdal wine estate

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

  • Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate

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

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