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GROWING REGIONS of South Africa


The ideal geographical positioning for wine grape cultivation has been determined as 30 to 35 degrees South Latitude

and 30 to 35 degrees North latitude. South African wine region is right in there at 33 to 34 degrees South latitude.

There are 30 official wine growing areas in 7 wine growing regions in the country.

THE MAIN GROWING REGIONS:

• Stellenbosch (Louis 57)

• Constantia

• Paarl

• Swartland (Roy Vane)

• Franschoek

• Breede River Valley (Quando)

• Robertson Valley (Vit Vane)

• South Coast (The Goose)

South African wines lead the world in Environmental Sustainability and production Integrity. The advanced integrity

labelling system is the ONLY one of its kind in the entire world.

Every wine has a Wine of Origin Sustainability seal that can be internet checked even by a consumer. This is also a

guarantee of Earth Friendliness. The terminology ‘Organic wine’ is a current trend. South Africa’s standards of sustain-

able farming (that ALL South African export wines must adhere to) is more onerous than the ‘Organic’ standards

required in the US.

WHERE OUR VINES GROW THERE IS MORE DIVERSE LIFE PER SQ. METER...
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The Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (a must for all export wines) certifies fair first world labor practices and

the absolute protection of human rights of farm workers in South Africa.

South African wines reflect the best of BOTH old and new. Wines present as fruit forward styles with lasting elegance

and finesse. Barak Obama and Michelle toasted in his Presidency with a Cap Classique. Charles and Diana had a wine

list of ‘old style’ South African wines.

MAIN SOUTH AFRICAN VARIETALS ARE:

• Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz

• Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Semillon

• Pinotage, unique to South Africa and a Pinot Noir and Cinsault (Red)

• Chenin, beautiful French varietal widely cultivated and ‘owned’ by South Africans.

The climate in this region of South Africa is IDEAL for fruit growth. Despite only being 1.5 times the size of Texas, South

Africa grows the second largest amount of fruit in the world. If you drop a seed on the ground – It grows!

The terminology ‘Organic wine’ is a current trend. South Africa’s standards of sustainable farming (that ALL South
African export wines must adhere to) is more onerous than the ‘Organic’ standards required in the US.

... THAN EVERYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH


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INDUSTRY STATISTICS
South Africa is ranked the world's seventh largest producer of wine with 3.9% of the global total according to 2016

figures.

• 95 775 hectares of vines – 55.2% white plantings, 44.8% red.

• Some 300 000 people are employed in the wine industry, directly or indirectly.

• In 1990, 84% of vineyards were planted to white wine varieties. In 2016, the figure was 55.2%.

• 28.6% of South Africa’s total vineyards are under 10 years old.

• The country's annual harvest exceeds 1 000 m litres. The figure was 1 089 m litres in 2016;

( 82.5% of which was used for wine, 3.5% for wine for brandy, 10.7% for distilling wine and 3.3% as grape juice concen-

trate and grape juice. )

• Since democracy, South Africa has achieved notable success in exports, with volumes increasing from 50 million

litres in 1994 to 428.4 million litres in 2016.

• There are 3 145 primary producers, 493 cellars, 48 co-operatives and 27 producing wholesalers (2016 figures).

• The UK is South Africa’s number one export destination, followed by European countries such as Germany,

The Netherlands and Sweden. The USA, China, Canada and Africa are increasingly important destinations.

EACH VINE IS A DISCOVERY. THERE ARE NO STEREOTYPES