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The wine producing areas of the cape have a mediterranean climate that, combined with mountains and valleys make for ideal vine growing conditions. There are over 100000 hectares of vines, producing over 900 million litres of wine every year.

Wine Regions.



South Africa's wine region classification is a bit odd at first glance. The largest "area" is a Region, which may then be subdivided into Districts which can again be divided into Wards. However, some regions have wards but no districts, and some districts do not form part of any region. Yes, well I didn't invent it...
So, for starters, here are those regions, districts and wards.

Breede River Valley Region.

Worcester.

Robertson.
Boberg Region (fortified wines).

Paarl.
Tulbagh.

Coastal Region.

Tulbagh.
Paarl. Swartland. Durbanville.
Constantia.
Stellenbosch. Klein Karoo.

Olifants River (only contains wards).

Self Contained Districts.

Swellendam. Piketberg.
Overberg. Douglas.

Self Contained Wards.




Grape Varieties.



Red.

Cabernet Sauvignon. Cinsaut. Merlot. Pinot Noir. Pinotage.
White.

Cape Riesling. Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc. Colombard. Muscat d'Alexandrie. Sauvignon Blanc. Weisser Riesling.


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