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South Africa - Wine Map of the Cape Peninsula & Surrounds

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Jordan Wines vineyards, Stellenbosch District

Wine Map of the Cape Peninsula & Surrounds

These southerly areas are the heart of the South African wine industry, producing wine that is quality-driven throughout. With its varied terroirs, Stellenbosch is preeminent, although Paarl is now also breaking onto the scene; both specialize mainly in red wines. Since the 1980s, Constantia has been regaining status, not only with its much-publicized Vin de Constance but with its fine Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, too: varieties that are also gaining recognition in Tygerberg. Cape Point, planted only in the mid-1990s, has meanwhile gotten off to a very successful start. These areas are likely to remain the leaders in quality South African wine for the foreseeable future.

Cape Peninsula & surrounds: Areas & top producers

Paarl District



Glen Carlou

Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons

Veenwouden Private Cellar

Welgemeend Estate

Stellenbosch District

De Trafford Wines

Jordan Wines


Le Riche Wines

Meerlust Estate

Morgenster Estate

Mulderbosch Vineyards

Neil Ellis Wines

Rustenberg Wines

Rust en Vrede Estate


Thelema Mountain Vineyards


Villiera Wines

Constantia Ward

Klein Constantia Estate

Steenberg Vineyards

Cape Point District

Cape Point Vineyards

Perfect case: Cape Peninsula

Terroir at a glance




0–550 m.


Mountains dominate—vineyards are planted on slopes and lush valley floors.


Varies dramatically, with over 50 types of soil in the Stellenbosch region alone, but predominantly highly acidic and clay based.


Mediterranean. Long hot summers and cold, wet winters. Snowfall on the higher mountains.


January average is 73°F (23°C).


Annual average ranges from 735 mm in Stellenbosch to 1,070 mm in Constantia. Irrigation is often necessary.


Summer wind from the southeast, also known as the Cape Doctor, cools down vineyards and helps prevent disease.

Viticultural hazards:

Humidity; heat stress; strong winds.

Vin de Constance

Governor of the Cape from 1679 to 1699, Simon van der Stel was granted a farm in 1685 by the Dutch East India Company, which he named Constantia. Among other grapes, he planted Muscat de Frontignan, and soon made a sweet wine. But it was not until the Cloete family bought the farm at the end of the 18th century that this delicious dessert wine gained international fame. The honeyed liquid, known simply as Constantia, was relished by European royalty and even Napoleon.

The wine then disappeared when the Cape government purchased the estate in 1885 as an experimental farm. Fast-forward to 1980, when the Jooste family bought Klein Constantia, part of van der Stel’s original farm, and set about re-creating the fabled wine. Low crops of very ripe Muscat de Frontignan grapes, slowly fermented, aged in oak barrels, and sold in 19th-century replica bottles, have been made into what is now known as Vin de Constance. This modern Cape classic enjoys international recognition, matching that attained by Cloete’s initial masterpiece.

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