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South African wines have a long and rich history. It was during 1659 that the first wine was introduced in the country. Today, South Africa has grown into one of the important wine-producing countries in the world. Cape Town accounts for the majority of wines produced in South Africa.
Wine classifications in South Africa
The WO (Wine of Origin) system was established in 1973 in South Africa to devise a structure to the wines and the areas growing them. The WO wines are those that are made from grapes that belong to the origin mentioned in the list of appellations listed down on the WO. You will also hear about single vineyard wines in this part of the world. These are wines that come from grapes grown in areas less than 5 hectares of the WO region. Estate Wines are those that are crafted in farms that are near to the farms that part of the WO regions.
Common wine-growing regions
The prime wine-growing regions in South Africa are the following:
This is located toward the south of Cape Town and is known for its oceanic climate. It is the oldest wine growing areas in South Africa and is known for its Sauvignon Blanc plantations.
This is the second oldest wine region in South Africa and accounts for about 15% of the country’s total wine production. The warm summers and granite-rich soil make this place apt for growing red wine grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage.
During the 20th century, Paarl was the prime wine-region of South Africa. Though it is no more a prime wine area, it is still known for its fortified wines.
Breede River Valley
The dry, river climate of this area make this place most suitable for the Chardonnay and Shiraz wines.