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Wine growing area (District) in South Africa who for Coastal region heard. It is bordered by the Helderberg with the city of Somerset West in the south and the Simonsberg in the northeast. There are the seven wards Banghoek, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Jonkershoek Valley, Papegaaiberg, Polkadraai Hills and Simonsberg-Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is named after the city located 50 kilometers east of Cape Town. This was in 1679 by the second Dutch governor Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) founded and named after him; the name roughly means "Stel's Busch". Stellenbosch is now considered the South African wine capital. Here is the Wine & Spirits Board (state wine control authority), an agricultural school for the training of South African winegrowers and the Oenoligical and Viticulturual Reserach Institute "Nietvoorbij" with experimental vineyards and laboratories, where the tastings for the classification of "Wine of Origin" occur.

Stellenbosch - vineyards

The headquarters of the Stellenbosch Farmer's Winery, Worth mentioning is the wine route that leads through the sub-regions of Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Mountain, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Hills and Bottelary Hills. The lovely hilly country is one of the most scenic areas in South Africa. There is sandy soil in the west and weathered granite in the east. The vineyards cover 17,117 hectares of vineyards (2009). Two thirds of them are made with red wine Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz ( Syrah ) Merlot. Pinotage. Cabernet Franc. Pinot Noir and Cinsault, as well as a third with the white wines Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc. Chardonnay. Colombard. Sémillon and Hanepoot ( Muscat d'Alexandrie ) planted. There is sufficient rainfall here even in the summer months, which is why, unlike most other wine-growing regions in South Africa, there is hardly any artificial one irrigation required. The climate influenced by the near Atlantic is particularly well suited for red wine varieties, Stellenbosch is therefore considered the red wine region of South Africa.

The most famous wineries in the Stellenbosch area include Alto Estate, Beyerskloof, Clos Malverne, Delaire, De Toren, De Trafford, Thistle, Dornier, Eikendal, Ernie Els, Ken Forrester, Grangehurst, Hartenberg Estate, Jordan, Kanonkop Estate. canoe. Le Bonheur Wine Estate, Lievland Estate, Meerlust Estate Meinert Morgenhof. Mulderbosch. Neil Ellis. Neethlingshof Estate Overgaauw Rust en Vrede Estate. Rustenberg. Saxenburg. Simonsig, Stark Condé, Stellenzicht. Thelema Mountain, Tokara, Uiterwyk Estate, Vegenoegd Wine Estate, Vergelegen Vlottenburg Vriesenhof. Warwick Estate, Waterford, Welmoed, Zevenwacht and Zonnebloem.

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