SA Wine Regions, Districts, Wards

South Africa’s Wine of Origin (WO) Scheme recognises various geographical areas on the basis of Mother Nature’s role in determining the characteristics of a wine. Without discounting what the winemaker and viticulturist bring to bear, it is the soil, the climate and the weather that are considered the most important factors influencing the end product and which together comprise what wine aficionados refer to as the terroir.

The largest geographical areas recognised by South Africa’s Wine & Spirit Board are the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. Limpopo doesn’t include any smaller production areas as demarcated by the Board. KZN includes the district Central Drakensberg. The Eastern Cape includes the ward St Francis Bay. The Northern Cape ‘unit’ includes the wine-producing districts of Douglas and Sutherland-Karoo plus the wards of Central Orange River, Hartswater, Prieska and Rietrivier (the latter in the Free State province).

Most of the country’s winemaking takes place in the Western Cape at the ‘bottom’ of the continent, between roughly 31.6 degrees south (Vredendal) and around 34.5 degrees south (Elim), and here the various wine regions, districts and wards are as follows:

BREEDE RIVER VALLEY REGION

BREEDEKLOOF district, which includes the wards Goudini and Slanghoek

ROBERTSON district, which includes the following wards: Agterkliphoogte, Boesmansrivier, Bonnievale, Eilandia, Hoopsrivier, Klaasvoogds, Le Chasseur, McGregor and Vinkrivier

WORCESTER district – including the wards Hex River Valley, Nuy and Scherpenheuvel

CAPE SOUTH COAST REGION

CAPE AGULHAS district, which includes the ward Elim

ELGIN district

Herbertsdale ward

Lower Duivenhoks River ward

Napier ward

OVERBERG district, which includes the wards Elandskloof, Greyton, Klein River and Theewater

PLETTENBERG BAY district

Stilbaai East ward

SWELLENDAM district, which includes the wards Buffeljags, Malgas and Stormsvlei

WALKER BAY district, which includes the following wards: Bot River, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hemel-en-Aarde RidgeSunday’s Glen and Stanford Foothills

COASTAL REGION

CAPE TOWN district, which includes the wards Constantia, Durbanville, Hout Bay and Philadelphia (Cape Point not officially demarcated as a separate ward)

DARLING district, which includes the ward Groenekloof

FRANSCHHOEK district

PAARL district, which includes the wards Simonsberg-Paarl and Voor Paardeberg

STELLENBOSCH district, which includes the following wards: Banghoek, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch (Faure, Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountain not officially demarcated as separate wards)

SWARTLAND district, which includes the wards Malmesbury, Riebeekberg, Riebeeksrivier and St Helena Bay

TULBAGH district

WELLINGTON district, which includes the wards Blouvlei, Bovlei, Groenberg, Limietberg and Mid-Berg River

KLEIN KAROO REGION

CALITZDORP district

Cango Valley ward

LANGEBERG-GARCIA district

Montagu ward

Outeniqua ward

Tradouw ward

Tradouw Highlands ward

Upper Langkloof ward

OLIFANTS RIVER REGION

Bamboes Bay ward

CITRUSDAL MOUNTAIN district, which includes the ward Piekenierskloof

CITRUSDAL VALLEY district

LUTZVILLE VALLEY district, which includes the ward Koekenaap

Spruitdrift ward

Vredendal ward

OTHER DISTRICTS & WARDS

Cederberg ward

CERES PLATEAU district, which includes the ward Ceres

Lamberts Bay ward

Prince Albert Valley ward

Swartberg ward

 

Source: SAWIS

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