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Robertson

Wine growing area (District) in South Africa going to the region Breede River Valley heard. It is in the form of a semicircular oasis as a basin around the Breede River. In the northeast, the area borders the region Little Karoo on. 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 vineyards on lime-rich, sandy alluvial soils (2009). 65% of them are planted with the white varieties Colombard, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat d'Alexandrie and Sémillon, and 35% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet, Pinotage, Cinsaut and Pinot Noir.

Due to the hot and dry climate with relatively little rainfall is an artificial irrigation through the waters of the Breede River and the reservoirs of the Du Toitskloff mountains. The lime-rich soil has a particularly positive effect both for horse breeding (in terms of bone growth) and for viticulture. The cool nights extend the ripening period and contribute to aromatic wines. It will be the typical, sweet ones Jerepigo (Dessert wines) produced. Formerly known for excellent Chardonnay white wines, the red wines are now among the best in the Cape.

In connection with the lime-rich soils, an interesting, ecological Measure practiced. Draw limestone soils snails to combat them naturally, many breeding stations for badgers have been created at the Weltevrede winery. The animals are taken to the vineyards every morning and brought back in 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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