South African wines of the premium quality are known all around the world for their incomparable flavour. What is so special about them?
Supposedly, the nature around and the weather make the grapes specifically juicy and thus the wine is of such a high quality. The territory of vineyards in South Africa covers more then 100.000 hectares and is stretched from the tip of the African continent (Cape Agulhas) to deep in the deserts (Karoo and the Free State).
In 1973, the Wine of Origin Scheme was introduced to show production regions, districts and wards.
One of the most spectacular regions in the world, which attracts thousands and thousands of wine tourists every year, is the Cape wine land. It has everything what a tourist can demand, including magnificent vineyards, high snowy mountains, arid plains and a number of specific features which make a holiday here a real pleasure. Today there are fifteen Wine Route Associations which readily organize Wine Land Tours here.
The historic hub of Cape Winelands is Constantia. This town belongs to the oldest South African wine regions and resides such brands as Groot and Klein Constantia, and Buitenverwachting. This territory is perfect for white wine production.
Franschhoek is a pretty town which plays the role of the boutique region with exclusive wine restaurants, old buildings and small producers.
Olifants river hosts one of the most rapidly growing wineries of today, the Vredendal Winery, which exports plenty of subtle easy-drinking wines.
South African wine regions can boast the variety of wines they produce: white wines and South African red wine of hundreds of valuable brands can be found here.
One of the most famous South African Wine regions is Paarl. It is not difficult to guess that the name of the town means "pearl" and it actually is a gem in the wine producing Africa. It is another Cape's historic town, which has been producing wine for centuries. Paarl is the home town of the impressive Cathedral Cellar and the best known South African brand Nederburg. The town can boast a number of superb cellars, you can find here absolutely different wines, from ordinary to sensationally exclusive. The main trends in Paarl include producing Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blends, and even Viognier, Mourvedre.
Stellenblosch adds to the number of the most famous South African Wine Regions. It claims the crown for red wines, and it is reasonable: the most expensive farmland is situated exclusively here, the lands are occupied by more than eighty wineries and producers. Nearly all the best international South African brand names have their affiliates in the region. The list of brands is endless!
South African wine industry is greatly effected by the latest wine world trends, almost all the wineries prove to be equipped according to the latest hi-tech tendencies. The wines produced here represent quality and exclusive, incomparable flavour.