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Robertson

Winegrowing area (District) in South Africa that to the region Breede River Valley belongs. It is in the form of a semicircular oasis as a basin around the Breede River. In the northeast, the area borders the region Small Karoo at. Robertson is divided into the nine Wards Agterkliphoogte, Bonnievale, Boesmansrivier, Eilandia, Hoopsrivier, Klaasvoogds, Le Chasseur, McGregor and Vinkrivier. The vineyards cover 13,994 hectares of vines on calcareous sandy soils (2009). They are 65% of the white varieties Colombard, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat d 'Alexandrie and Sémillon, and planted to 35% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet, Pinotage, Cinsault and Pinot Noir.

Due to the hot and dry climate with relatively low rainfall is an artificial irrigation through the waters of the Breede River and the reservoirs of the Du-Toitskloff Mountains necessary. The lime-rich soil has a particularly positive effect on both horse breeding (with regard to bone growth) and viticulture. The cool nights extend the maturity period and contribute to aromatic wines. It will be the typical, sweet Jerepigo (Dessert wines) produced. Formerly known for their excellent white Chardonnay wines, red wines have become some of the best in the Cape.

In connection with the calcareous soils, an interesting, ecological Measure practiced. Draw limestone floors snails At the Weltevrede Vineyard many breeding sites for badgers were created to combat these naturally. The animals are driven to the vineyards each morning and brought back the evening after eating the pests. Well-known wineries are Agterkliphoogte Winery, Appeldrift Winery, Ashton Winery, Bon Courage Estate, Craighall, De Wetshof Estate, Fraai Uitzicht, Graham Beck, Le Grand Chasseur Estate, Mon Don Estate, Mooiuitzig Wines, Nordale Winery, Springfield Estate, Van Loveren, Van Schoor Wines, Viljoensdrift, Weltevrede, Whale Haven Wines, Wolwedrift Wine Estate and Zandvliet Estate.

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