South Africa: Winegrowing areas

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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South African wine country is divided into geographical units in which are regions, then districts, and then wards as in this table. For more explanation of their significance, see Wine of Origin below.

See separate articles on some of the most frequently encountered geographical names—coastal region, constantia, elgin, elim, franschhoek, groenekloof, klein karoo, olifants river, paarl, robertson, stellenbosch, swartland, tulbagh, walker bay, wellington, western cape, and worcester—although new areas are emerging all the time.

Production Areas Defined in Terms of the Wine of Origin Scheme

Geographical Unit

Region

District

Ward

Western Cape

Breede River Valley

Breedekloof

Goudini

Slanghoek

Robertson

Agterkliphoogte

Bonnievale

Boesmansrivier

Eilandia

Hoopsrivier

Klaasvoogds

Le Chasseur

McGregor

Vinkrivier

Worcester

Hex River Valley

Nuy

Scherpenheuvel

Cape South Coast

Cape Agulhas

Elim

Elgin

No ward

Overberg

Elandskloof

Greyton

Klein River

Theewater

Plettenberg Bay

No ward

Swellendam

Buffeljags

Malgas

Stormsvlei

Walker Bay

Bot River

Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Sunday’s Glen

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Stanford Foothills

No district

Herbertsdale

Napier

Stilbaai East

Coastal Region

Cape Peninsula

Constantia

Hout Bay

Darling

Groenekloof

Franschhoek/

No ward

Franschhoek

Valley

Paarl

Simonsberg-Paarl

Voor Paardeberg

Stellenbosch

Banghoek

Bottelary

Devon Valley

Jonkershoek Valley

Papegaaiberg

Polkadraai Hills

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch

Swartland

Malmesbury

Riebeekberg

St Helena Bay

Tulbagh

No ward

Tygerberg

Durbanville

Philadelphia

Wellington

No ward

Klein Karoo

Calitzdorp

No ward

Langeberg-Garcia

No ward

No district

Montagu

Outeniqua

Tradouw

Tradouw Highlands

Upper Langkloof

Olifants River

Citrusdal Mountain

Piekenierskloof

Citrusdal Valley

No ward

Lutzville Valley

Koekenaap

No district

Bamboes Bay

No district

Spruitdrift

Vredendal

No region

Ceres Plateau

Ceres

No district

Cederberg

Lamberts Bay

Prince Albert Valley

Swartberg

Northern Cape

No region

Douglas

No ward

Sutherland-Karoo

No ward

No district

Central Orange River

Hartswater

Rietrivier FS

Eastern Cape

No region

No district

St Francis Bay

Kwazulu-Natal

No region

No district

No ward

Limpopo

No region

No district

No ward

Boberg (region)—for use in respect of fortified wines from Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington and Tulbagh

Source: SAWIS (20/01/2014)