South Africa - Wine Regions - Coastal Region

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The Coastal Region of South Africa produces only 25% of SA wine, but has 45% of the area under vine. Which important districts are part of the Coastal Region?

  • Cape Town
  • Darling
  • Franschhoek Valley
  • Paarl
  • Stellenbosch
  • Swartland
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What about wine production in the Coastal Region of South Africa

The Coastal Region of South Africa produces only 25% of SA wine, but has 45% of the area under vine.
> yields are typically lower than in in regions specialised in high yield production
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District Darling in the Coastal Region of South Africa can make fresh style wines, what climate factors influences this?

  • Along the cold West Coast, on slopes of hills
  • Benefits from ocean breezes (Benguela current)
  • Granite soils have high water holding capacity
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District Tulbagh is part of the Coastal region and has a history of producing inexpensive wines. It has slightly different climate and growing factors than the other districts of the Coastal region. What are these?

  • Tulbagh is inland, has no contact with the coast and no coastal influences.
  • A warm and sheltered valley
  • Cooling by:
    • altitude on slopes (400-500m)
    • mountain shade
    • trapping of cold morning air in the valley
  • Soil is good water holding
  • water management is key: ponds for irrigation
  • Inexpensive wines of Chenin, Shiraz and colombard.
  • Premium Cape blends with Pinotage
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What is district Wellington in the Coastal Region of South Africa famous for?

  • Shiraz
  • Powerful red blends
  • Nurseries, supplying over 85% of SA wine cuttings.
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