Winegrowing area (District) in South Africa
that to the region Breede River Valley
belongs. It lies on the upper reaches of the Breede River and its tributaries between the districts Paarl
in the west and Robertson
in the east and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. There are the four Wards Aan -de-Doorns, Hex River Valley, Nuy and Scherpenheuvel. The climate is very hot and dry especially in the eastern part and requires an artificial one irrigation
through the waters of the Brandvlei Dam and the Breede River. The western part is rainy. The vineyards cover 8,658 hectares of vineyards (2009) on mostly very fertile alluvial land, the rest of weathered slate soils.
They are 69% with the white varieties Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat d 'Alexandrie, Sémillon and Crouchen (Cape Riesling), as well as 31% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage, Ruby Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Cinsaut and Cabernet Franc planted. Mainly spirits
, White wines and fortified sweet wines produced. There are about 20 major co-ops (cooperatives). Well-known producers include De Wet Co-op Wine Cellar, Du Toitskloof Winery, Groot Eiland Winery, Merwespont, Merwida Wine Cellar, Nuy Wine Cellar and Romansrivier Winery.