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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.
 
The Coastal Region is divided into the following Wine of Origin (WO) districts:
 
*Cape Point (includes Constantia)
*Darling (includes Groenefloof)
*Paarl (includes Franschhoek Valley and Wellington)
*Stellenbosch
*Swartland (includes Riebeekberg)
*Tulbagh 
*Tygerberg (includes Durbanville)
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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