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District Cape Town, part of the Coastal Region in South Africa, encompasses 4 wards. Which two are famous?
  1. Ward Constantia
  2. Ward Durbanville
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Ward Constantia in the district of Cape Town is famous for its history and dried Muscat dessert wine. What is the name of this wine and in which vineyard conditions does it grow? What are the main grape varieties?
  • The wine is called Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia winery.
  • Vineyard conditions:
  • East facing slopes of Constantiaberg, south from Table Mountain
  • False Bay brings cooling sea breezes (10km away)
  • Granite soil on top of sandstone (good drainage)
  • Rainfall is high 1000mm/pa
  • Main varieties: Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz.
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The conditions of Ward Durbanville in the District of Cape Town differ from Ward Constantia. What is different in the growing environment and how does it influence the wine style?
  • Situated on Tygerberg hills which protects against the rain. Only half that of Constantia.
  • soils have high water holding capacity - allowing for dry-farming
  • False bay reduces moderates the temperature up to 5celcius
  • Sauvignon blanc on the cooler sites, with greener flavours.
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