Olifants River

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Olifants River, chiefly bulk grape-producing region in south africa among mountains and along the Atlantic western seaboard. Most growers have supplied large local co-operatives with wine for distillation but an increasing proportion is exported as wine. Vredendal, South Africa’s biggest single winery and part of Namaqua, vinifies more than 110,000 tonnes of grapes annually. But there are pockets of vines with serious potential, particularly in Lutzville Valley district and the tiny Bamboes Bay ward.