Wine growing area (District) in South Africa
going to the region Breede River Valley
heard. It lies on the upper reaches of the Breede River and its tributaries between the districts Paarl
in the west and Robertson
to 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 particularly hot and dry 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 soils, the rest from weathered slate soils.
They are 69% with the white varieties Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat d'Alexandrie, Sémillon and Crouchen (Cape Riesling), and 31% with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage, Ruby Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Cinsaut and Cabernet Franc planted. Mainly become spirits
, White wines and fortified sweet wines. There are around 20 large co-ops (cooperatives). Well-known producers are De Wet Co-op Wine Cellar, Du Toitskloof Winery, Groot Eiland Winery, Merwespont, Merwida Wine Cellar, Nuy Wine Cellar and Romansrivier Winery.